The Suicide of Dido

As told by Virgil in the Aeneid, Dido became a great Queen of Phoenician Carthage in Libya. She was the daughter of the King of Tyre and sister to Pygmalion and fled their tyrannical rule in Phoenicia settling in North Africa where she established the ancient city of Carthage.
Aeneus, fleeing from Troy landed in Carthage and became her lover and on leaving Dido to found Rome by order of prophecy, she was left broken-hearted.
Mounting a funeral pyre, upon her lounge she had lay with Aeneus when he had been with her, grief-stricken, she slew herself with her sword…

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Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

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  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 3 years ago

    this is amazing work!!! so very powerfull and dramatic….great info aswell….so very sad….your portrail is outstanding!!!

  • Thanks georgie, I worked hard to get the right effect in this one, I was after dramatic! I am so glad you like this, me too! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • michellerena
    michellerenaover 3 years ago

    Fabulous work as always Vanessa

  • These have been so great to make since my interest is high in the stories, thanks so much for enjoying them Michelle! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Aileen David
    Aileen Davidover 3 years ago

    Very powerful Vanessa! Love the others as well!

  • Thanks for enjoying them all mate, much appreciated!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 3 years ago

    “There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and
    suicide is confession.”
    {Daniel Webster}

    A tremendous creation!!!!, Bill

  • Nice appropriate quote Bill, thank you for enjoying this one my friend!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work!!!

  • Thanks so much Deborah, these have been something I have wanted to do for so long, they really filled a void I had creatively! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaalmost 2 years ago

    Very dramatic and stunning work as usual, Vanessa.

  • Thanks for enjoying this one Ralph, was interesting to make! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

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