The Mourning of Pallas
Anne–Louis Girodet–Trioson (French, 1767–1824)
Pen and brown ink, brush and gray and brown wash, heightened with white; 8 7/16 x 6 1/2 in. (21.5 x 16.5 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1996 (1996.567)
Girodet designed seven illustrations for Didot's The Works of Virgil (1798). This drawing for Book Eleven of The Aeneid features Aeneas and Iulus mourning Pallas, who was killed by the Trojans in battle. The elderly Acoetës, who famously warned of the Trojan horse, grieves over the dead body, while Aeneas comforts Pallas' son Iulus in the foreground. Inscribed below the image, in Latin, is Aeneas' exhortation, "Alas! How great a protection is lost to thee, Ausonia [Italy], and how great to thee, Iulus!"