The Mourning of Pallas

Artist: Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson (French, Montargis 1767–1824 Paris)

Date: ca.1790–93

Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and gray and brown wash, heightened with white

Dimensions: 8 7/16 x 6 1/2 in. (21.5 x 16.5 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1996

Accession Number: 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!"