“Dido and Aeneas in the Cave in the Roman Vergil”
A framed illumination on folio 180v of a Latin manuscript containing the works of Vergil depicting Aeneas and Dido ambiguously consummating their marriage in a cave while their escorts shield themselves from the rain.
Ink and tempera on vellum.
Made in the 5th century in Italy. Currently held at the Vatican Library.
One of 3 surviving illuminated manuscripts from the Western Roman Empire.