Antique Print-PHINEUS-BOREADS-HARPIES-Picart-1733



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Original etching and engraving combination on a verge type hand laid paper. 100% original and authentic. on paper.

Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 31.5 x 40 cm. The image size is ca. 25 x 34.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 12.4 x 15.7 inch. The image size is ca. 9.8 x 13.6 inch.

Plate: ‘ Phineus delivered from the Harpies by Calais & Zethes.’ (Plate is accompanied by text in French, English, German and Dutch under image.) Phineas was said to be a son of Poseidon, or of Phoenix, and had the gift of prophecy. Zeus, angry that Phineas revealed too much of the plans of the gods, punished him by blinding him and setting him on an island with a buffet of food. However, he could eat none of it because the harpies, vicious, winged women, stole the food out of his hands right before he could eat. This continued until the arrival of Jason and the Argonauts. They sent the winged heroes, the Boreads, after the harpies. This attractive original old antique print / plate originates from: ‘Tafereel, of Beschryving van den prachtigen Tempel der Zang-Godinnen.’ (Translation from Dutch: Scene or description of the magnificent temple of singing godesses. Temple of the Muses.), by Bernard Picart Le Romain and published by H. Chatelain in Amsterdam, 1733. This is the first edition of this beautiful work, which took three years to complete, is a highlight of 18th century Dutch book illustration. The work consists of 60 full-page folio size plates within different ornamental borders, illustrating the Metamorphoses by Ovidius. Artists and Engravers: The author and engraver of this work is Bernard Picart (1673-1733). He was a French painter and engraver. He received his art education from his father, Etienne (1632-1721), from Le Brun and Jouvenet at the Royal Academy. His talents developed rapidly: at the age of sixteen he gained honors at the Academy of Paris.He was born in Paris and died in Amsterdam. Other engravers worked on this work as well.

Condition: Fine. General age related toning. Light ghostline from previous framing can be removed at your request.



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