Enea e Didone
Pasinelli is a painter and a great lover and collector especially of works and artists of his Bologna according to Malvasia the “superb collection” was composed of more than eighty paintings and thirty drawings by artists such as Ludovico, Annibale and Agostino Carracci, Parmigianino , Simone Cantarini and Franceso Albani and the best of the graphic production of the time.
Lorenzo’s pictorial career begins with one of the masters he has collected Simone Cantarini and since 1648 by Flaminio Torri with whom he has a series of misunderstandings so much that Pasinelli decides to undertake an autonomous path towards the 50’s so as to start his own school that remains active until 1699.
In his workshop the artists Gian Antonio Burrini, Giovanni Pietro Zanotti and Donato Creti are active at the time.
Pasinelli’s painting remains, despite the free route, strongly influenced by the classic language of Reniano impressed by its masters Cantarini and Torri. His pictorial maturity took place between 1657 and 58 when the prior of the Certosa di Bologna commissioned some Bolognese artists to produce a cycle of works on the history of Christ to decorate the Church of San Girolamo.
The success was such as to obtain important commissions between Mantua, Turin and Rome, the latter is important for the artistic development of Lorenzo. On his return to Bologna after a stay in Venice, the taste of the painter is somewhat similar to the carraccesco style, to which will be added the warm and iridescent color of the Venetians.
Lorenzo thus achieved fame so much that he was called to satisfy requests and commissions from the most important European courts, for which he mainly created chamber works with subjects with a mythological theme, such as our Enea and Didone. He makes portraits of Bolognese ladies and not from the various costumes and hairstyles, paintings with allegories and sibyls, in which he shows an exceptional executive quality underlined by an elegant narrative.
Eaneas and Dido or Elissa .
Taken from the IVth of the XII books of the Aeneid, it tells the story of love between Aeneas and Dido or Elissa. Founder and first queen of Carthage, he immediately proved to be generous and helpful towards the Trojan hero Enea and his companions, welcoming them to his palace, thus becoming their protector.
Due to the work of Cupid, a deep feeling of love is born between the two, so much so that the queen is at first shy and insecure in dealing with the situation that is new and unproven for her.
She confides in her sister Anna that helps her overcome feelings of guilt linked to the feeling of fidelity and affection towards her husband Sicheo.
During a hunting trip they are surprised by a tremendous storm and Aeneas and Dido find themselves forced to seek refuge in a cave where they then celebrate their love. Everything seems to be going well but Jupiter, by the will of Fate, sends an appearance to Aeneas, Mercury, who reminds him that the city to found is not in Africa, but in Lazio in Italy and urges him to organize the departure.