Oil painting on canvas "The lament of Dido", signed and dated lower right F.L. 1851. France. Canvas dimensions: HxL: 116x148 cm. With frame: 138x170 cm.
In the scene of this lament, Dido, the queen of Carthage - a city founded on the north African coast, in the eighth century BC - is found with the maid Belinda, to whom she reveals her great disappointment due to the deception and departure of Aeneas. , the handsome warrior son of Aphrodite and the mortal Anchises, cousin of the king of Troy.
Dido, who had fallen in love with Aeneas, dedicates her last moments of life to him, abandoning herself to the spirit of death.
Expecting to take her life, after seeing her loved one about to set sail with her fleet, the queen starts a fire, which will be used for her own cremation. The warrior had in fact taken refuge in Carthage with his ships and his army, following the defeat of Troy. Here he had conquered Dido, by whom he had been welcomed and helped, and then abandoned her and embarked on a new journey. His new destination was Italy, where he should have founded a new and great city.