C1731

Finely engraved print with decorative border by Benard Picart from his “Ceremonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde representees par des figures dessinees de la main de Bernard Picard”. In Greek mythology, Telephus was the son of … Read Full Description

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S/N: CECR-046-DEC–223694
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Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

265mm 
x 360mm
AUTHENTICITY
 - Antique Print from 1731

Genuine antique
dated:

1731
Finely engraved print with decorative border by Benard Picart from his “Ceremonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde representees par des figures dessinees de la main de Bernard Picard”. In Greek mythology, Telephus was the son of Heracles and Auge, daughter of king Aleus of Tegea and the father of Eurypylus. He was intended to be king of Tegea, but instead became the king of Mysia in Asia Minor. He was wounded by the Achaeans when they were coming to sack Troy and bring back Helen to Sparta. In the battle Achilles wounded Telephus, who killed Thersander the King of Thebes. The wound would not heal and Telephus consulted the oracle of Delphi about it. The oracle responded in a mysterious way that “he that wounded shall heal”. Telephus convinced Achilles to heal his wound in return for showing the Achaeans the way to Troy.

Bernard Picart (1673 - 1733)

Picart was a French artist and engraver. He was born in Paris and died in Amsterdam. He moved to Antwerp in 1696, and spent a year in Amsterdam before returning to France at the end of 1698. After his wife died in 1708, he moved to Amsterdam in 1711 (later being joined by his father), where he became a Protestant His most famous work is Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde. Although Picart had never left Europe, he relied on accounts by those who had and had access to a collection of Indian sculpture.

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