Venus and the Volcano with weapons for Aeneas by Francois Boucher

Venus and the Volcano with weapons for Aeneas by Francois Boucher

Painting of the French artist Francois Boucher “Venus and the Volcano with weapons for Aeneas”. The size of the picture is 252 x 175 cm, canvas, oil. Aeneas, in ancient mythology, one of the main defenders of Troy, the legendary ancestor of the Romans. Aeneas’ parents, according to Virgil, were Anhiz, the grandson of the Trojan king Ila and the cousin of Priam, and the goddess Venus.

According to the legend, in his youth, Anchises was unusually beautiful and, falling in love with him, the goddess of beauty Venus gave him the son of Aeneas, taking with him the promise not to tell anyone about

their love. Ankhis could not resist boasting about it to his friends, for which he was punished: the god-thunderer Zeus struck him with blindness. According to ancient Italian myths, Venus appealed to her husband Vulcan that he forged a magic weapon and armor for Aeneas, who was to take an active part in the Trojan War.

According to Homer’s “Iliad,” Aeneas escaped death in the Trojan War thanks to the intervention of the gods, since he was destined to continue the dynasty of Trojan kings and revive the glory of the Trojans on another land. In the battles at Troy, Aeneas took an active part; in duels with Diomedes and with Achilles, he was spared the death for the first time by Venus, the second time by Poseidon.

This version formed the basis of the “Aeneid” of Virgil, which is the main source of the Ene myth. The themes of the myth about Aeneas were often used in literature, visual arts and music in the Renaissance and Modern Times.

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