Aeneas at the Court of Latinus, Ferdinand Bol, c. 1661 - c. 1664

Aeneas at the Court of Latinus, Ferdinand Bol, c. 1661 - c. 1664

oil on canvas, h 218cm × w 232cm. More details

Bol’s painting, made for the Amsterdam Admiralty, shows a scene from Virgil’s Aeneid. Aeneas congratulates one of four ships’ captains who competed in a race. All four were rewarded on their return, even the captain who threw his helmsman overboard for disobeying an order. The painting was accompanied by a poem by Vondel, stressing the importance of firmness and generosity in good government.

On display in room 2.15

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