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Perino del Vaga (Florence 1501-Rome 1547)

Juno visiting Aeolus and Neptune calming the tempest 1540

RCIN 905497

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The subject of this medal design is derived from Virgil’s Aeneid. On the right Juno, queen of the gods, instructs the wind god, Aeolus, to create a tempest to disrupt the Trojan hero Aeneas’s voyage to Carthage. Juno’s action angers Neptune (left), god of the sea, prompting him to calm the storm.

Royal Collection by c.1810