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Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Aeneas Carrying His Father, Anchises...
Aneas Carrying his Father, Anchises...
Aneas Carrying His Father, Anchises, rear view
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. . . So he yielded
now the roar of flames grows louder all through Troy
and the seething floods of fire are rolling closer.
So come, dear father, climb up onto my shoulders!
I will carry you on my back. This labor of love
will never wear me down. Whatever falls to us now,
we both will share one peril, one path to safety.
Little Iulus, walk beside me, and you, my wife,
follow me at a distance, in my footsteps.

Virgil, The Aeneid (trans. by Robert Fagles)



The Roman poet Virgil begins his epic poem with the famous phrase, I sing of arms and a man . . . After the fall of Troy, the Trojan hero Aeneas, carrying his father Anchises on his back and leading his son Ascanius (Iulus in the quote) by the hand, flees the burning city and undergoes a series of adventures, culminating in the establishment of Rome. Pierre Lepautre was born to a family of artists. After winning the Prix de Rome and studying in the Eternal City, he returned to Paris in 1701 to create bas-reliefs and sculptures for the royal chapel at Versailles. The sculpture of Aeneas carrying Anchises gained renown for Lepautre throughout France after its completion and remains his best known work.