Considered the first modern sculpture, and born from a single block of marble, Enea Anchise and Ascanio, it is a work created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1618-1619, under commission of Cardinal Scipione Borghese.
The work aims to describe Aeneas’ escape from the city of Troy as per the Latin literary tradition.
A style still under development, for a Bernini in his early twenties, but which, thanks also to future collaboration with the cardinal, will allow the artist to gain experience and especially popularity over the years to come.