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Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl presenting the Golden Bough to Charon (oil on canvas)

Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl presenting the Golden Bough to Charon (oil on canvas)


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Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl presenting the Golden Bough to Charon (oil on canvas)

3433209 Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl presenting the Golden Bough to Charon (oil on canvas) by Testa, Pietro (Il Lucchesino) (1611-50); 158.1x206.2 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Italian, out of copyright

Media ID 23013646

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Aeneas Aeneid Afterlife Atmospheric Bribe Bribing Charon Crossing Fare Ferry Ferryman Gift Hades Paying Payment Persuading Persuasion Present Presentation Presenting Prophet Prophetess Sibyl Soul Styx Underworld


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This oil painting by Pietro Testa, titled "Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl presenting the Golden Bough to Charon" transports us into a mythical realm filled with symbolism and intrigue. The scene depicts Aeneas, a heroic figure from Virgil's epic poem "The Aeneid" accompanied by the Cumaean Sibyl, as they present the fabled Golden Bough to Charon, the ferryman of souls in Greek mythology. Set against an atmospheric backdrop, we witness Aeneas and the Sibyl on a riverbank persuading Charon to allow them passage across the Styx. Clad in armor, Aeneas stands tall as he presents this precious gift while his female companion gazes intently at Charon. The baroque style of this painting adds drama and intensity to their interaction. Charon's boat awaits in the background, symbolizing both death and transition into the afterlife. This mythological scene captures a pivotal moment where persuasion meets payment; for it is said that only those who possess the Golden Bough can pay their way across this treacherous river. Testa skillfully portrays each character with meticulous attention to detail. From Aeneas' noble stance to Charon's weathered expression, every element contributes to an immersive narrative that explores themes of mortality and destiny. As we contemplate this masterpiece captured by Bridgeman Images' photographical expertise, we are reminded of humanity's eternal fascination with life

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