POUSSIN, Nicolas
(b. 1594, Les Andelys, d. 1665, Roma)

Venus Presenting Arms to Aeneas

1639
Oil on canvas, 105 x 142 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen

This painting depicts a famous episode in Virgil's verse epic, The Aeneid: Venus shows her son, the Trojan Aeneas, a set of arms forged by Vulcan, with the help of which he will win a decisive battle.