painted, probably by Francesco Xanto Avelli with assistance from the painter `Lu Ur', with Aeneas dreaming of the dead Hector and the fall of Troy, two spectral figures and the burning city in the background, the characters captioned, a banner held by Hector inscribed 'Fuggi O pietoso Enea di Dea figliuolo' (Flee, O pious Aeneas, son of a goddess) repaired
With Bukowski, Stockholm, 12-13 December 1991, lot 488
Baron Paolo Sprovieri collection
With Alain Moatti, Paris
Private collection, Brescia
This plaque is from the Trojan War series, which may possibly pre-date the clearly closely-related Persian series, and which is known in only eight examples; this plaque and three others by Xanto and perhaps the painter 'Lu.Ur.', and four in the Herzog Anton Ulrich museum, Brunswick, which are by Nicola da Urbino or his circle. Johanna Lessmann at that museum has suggested that they may all form part of the same series, split between painters or between workshops; a similar collaboration between Xanto and Nicola seems to have taken place over the service made in 1533 for Federico Gonzaga and Margherita Paleologo
The plaques so far known from this series are all undated, but their closeness in style to the 'Persian History' series of 1536 would indicate a similar date to that series. The presence on one of the plaques of Xanto 's 'phi flourish', a distinctive rebus usually associated with his work of 1528-31, might even suggest an earlier date.
While sleeping on a couch under a baldacchino, Aeneas dreams of the dead Hector, appearing to him while still being dragged behind Achilles' chariot, who warns the young Trojan prince that Troy has fallen and bids him take the sacred statues of the city and flee. Troy already burns in the background.
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