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Antique Myth Print-HERMAPHRODITUS-SALMACIS-Picart-1733
- Plate: ' Salmacis and Hermaphroditus united in one body.' (Plate is accompanied by text in French, English, German and Dutch under image.) Hermaphroditus was the child of Aphrodite and Hermes. To conceal his birth, Aphrodite placed her son in the care of the nymphs of Mount Ida. On a hunting quest he arrived at the banks of a lake and was spotted by the nymph of the lake, Salmacis, who immediately fell in love with him. The boy resisted her physical advances until the nymph cried out begging the gods that they may never be seperated. Immediately their bodies were united as one, containing no sex yet being of both sexes (Hermaphrodite). Original etching/engraving on a verge type hand laid paper. Description: 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.), 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: Very good, given age. Faint dampstained in the bottom edge. A crease in the upper right corner. General age-related toning and/or occasional light stains from handling. Please study scan carefully. Storage location: E10-36 The overall size is ca. 11.6 x 16.9 inch. The image size is ca. 9.8 x 13.8 inch. The overall size is ca. 29.5 x 43 cm. The image size is ca. 25 x 35 cm. [Attributes: First Edition]
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