Art Exhibitions: ‘Dosso Dossi. The Aeneas Frieze’ At The Galleria Borghese

Dosso Dossi. The Aeneas Frieze

Dosso Dossi. The Aeneas Frieze

Galleria Borghese – From April 4 to June 11, 2023, the Galleria Borghese brings to fruition its research on landscape painting and the relationship between Art and Nature with Dosso Dossi. The Aeneas Frieze, a never-before-seen exhibition – the first dedicated to the great Ferrarese master’s pictorial cycle-curated by Marina Minozzi.

Dosso Dossi (Giovanni di Nicolò Luteri, Tramuschio ?, c. 1487 – Ferrara, 1542) – The Cretan Plague c. 1520-1521

For the first time, five of the ten canvases that made up the frieze created by Dosso Dossi between 1518 and 1520 for the Camerino d’Alabastro of Duke Alfonso I d’Este in Ferrara are being brought together in a single location. The operation, also prompted by enthusiasm for the recent reappearance of some of these paintings, is the result of an ambitious collaboration with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Dosso Dossi (Giovanni di Nicolò Luteri, Tramuschio ?, c. 1487 – Ferrara, 1542) The Repair of the Trojan Ships;
the Building of the Temple to Venus at Eryx and the Offerings at Anchises’s Grave c. 1518-1519

The Frieze, of which only seven canvases have been found to date, was made by Dosso Dossi drawing inspiration from specific episodes of the Virgilian poem taken from the first, third, fifth and sixth books, leaving out, however, the part devoted to the hero’s love story with Dido, that of the wars in Italy and the founding of Rome.


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