C1731

The Moon and Endymion

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Apollonius of Rhodes is one of the many poets who tell how Selene, the Titan goddess of the moon, loved the mortal. She believed him to be so beautiful that she asked Endymion’s father, Zeus, to grant him eternal youth … Read Full Description

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S/N: CECR-041-DEC–202110
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Full Title:

The Moon and Endymion

Date:

C1731

Artist:

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Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

255mm 
x 355mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Moon and Endymion - Antique Print from 1731

Genuine antique
dated:

1731

Description:

Apollonius of Rhodes is one of the many poets who tell how Selene, the Titan goddess of the moon, loved the mortal. She believed him to be so beautiful that she asked Endymion’s father, Zeus, to grant him eternal youth so that he would never leave her. Alternatively, Selene so loved how Endymion looked when he was asleep in the cave on Mount Latmus, near Miletus in Caria, that she entreated Zeus that he might remain that way. In either case, Zeus granted her wish and put him into an eternal sleep. Every night, Selene visited him where he slept. Selene and Endymion had fifty daughters who are equated by some scholars with the fifty months of the Olympiad.

Artist:

Bernard Picart (1673-1733)

French artist and engraver, son of Etienne Picart, also an 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 convert and married again. His most famous series was his Ceremonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde, appearing between 1723 to 1743.

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