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Aurora, goddess of the morning and Tithonus, Prince of Troy
 
18th Century
Francesco de Mura
Aurora, goddess of the morning and Tithonus, Prince of Troy
[Aurora e Titone]
Unknown
Oil on canvas
128 x 154 cm  [HxW]
Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Napoli
 

This is an allegory of the eternal alternation of day and night. In Greek mythology Aurora, the goddess of dawn, rose from her bed every morning leaving her aged husband Titone shielding his eyes from the morning light which flows from her torch. The clouds of night roll away and the horizon lightens. A group of maidens scatter flowers.Less frivolous than many of his Rococo contemporaries, de Mura’s painting anticipates some aspects of Neo classicism.

 
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