Original antique print, titled: ‘Hercules and Cacus – Ovid Fast[i] lib. 1’. It shows: Hercules swinging his mighty club at Cacus, who has fallen to the ground. This myth is situated on Aventine Hill, the future site of Rome. A short descriptive text in Latin and French below the image.
Made by Laurent Cars after Francois Lemoyne.
Medium: engraving / etching on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 68.5 x 54.5 cm (26.97 x 21.46 inch). Image size: 56 x 45.5 cm. (22.05 x 17.91 inch).
Condition: very good, given age. Middle fold, as issued. A stain in the bottom right corner (not affecting image). A few closed tears in the margins. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
HERCULES-CACUS-CATTLE-AVENTINE HILL-ROME | DP-A1-001-22
Master print published by Laurent Cars in c. 1760. Our definition of master print is: a seperately published print or series of prints, not being an illustrative print to a text. These can both be prints made by old masters (artists) or prints made by others (artists, engravers, etchers) after old masters. Artists and Engravers: Engraved by Laurent Cars after Lemoyne.
Biography engraver: Laurent Cars (1699-1771) was a French designer and engraver. Cars is considered one of the best engravers of his time. His best work are the engravings after Lemoyne and after Boucher’s designs for Moliere. He was the master of Beauvarlet.
Biography artist: Francois Lemoyne, or Le Moine (1688-1737) was a French rococo painter. He entered the Academie de peinture et de sculpture at the age of 13, where he studied under Louis Galloche.
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