Bernard Picart (1673-1733) - Mythology: Mercury cuts off Argus's Head - Mercurius 't hooft afslaat

Description
Bernard Picart (1673-1733) - Mythology: Mercury cuts off Argus's Head - Mercurius 't hooft afslaat
Copper engravings, in hand colour. - Signed on print - 1734

Classic mythological Master Engraving.

40 x 25 cm

Issued in the series engravings to accompany the 'Neueröffneter Musen-Tempel', a collection of mythological fables and stories (most notably from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'). The illustrations are superior in quality, even as they appeared in 1733 in the fading light of the Baroque tradition. The fabulous ornate border patterns lend the compositions something of a formal quality like framed paintings; indeed, Picart drew inspiration for a number of his engravings from mid-17th century works by the Rubens student, Abraham van Diepenbeeck. But the majority of the designs are by Picart himself.

Later hand colour.

Bernard Picart excelled chiefly in the fields of portraiture, ornamental designs and mythological and religious subjects, both after the old masters and upon his own creation. In the former category he was commissioned for portraits of Philip, Duke of Orleans, Eugene Francois, Prince of Savoy, Don Luis, Prince of the Asturias, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, and Kings Charles I, Charles II, James II, William III and George I. As an ornamental engraver, Bernard Picart designed and engraved plates for numerous books. He also contributed large plates to such famous sets as Les Impostures Innocentes (seventy-eight large engravings in imitation of old master engravers), the historically important Ceremonies Religieuses (1723-1743), and The Temple of the Muses.

Lot details
Artist
Bernard Picart (1673-1733)
Title of artwork
Mythology: Mercury cuts off Argus's Head - Mercurius 't hooft afslaat
Year
1734
Technique
Copper engravings, in hand colour.
Signature
Signed on print
Condition
In very good condition
Sold with frame
No
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