C1731

The Nymph Echo changed into Sound

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, Echo was an Oread (a … Read Full Description

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S/N: CECR-057-DEC–201911
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Full Title:

The Nymph Echo changed into Sound

Date:

C1731

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

300mm 
x 455mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Nymph Echo changed into Sound - Antique Print from 1731

Genuine antique
dated:

1731

Description:

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, Echo was an Oread (a mountain nymph) who loved her own voice. Zeus loved consorting with beautiful nymphs and visited them on Earth often. Eventually, Zeus’s wife, Hera, became suspicious, and came from Mt. Olympus in an attempt to catch Zeus with the nymphs. Sometimes the old and beautiful nymph Echo would distract and amuse Zeus’ wife, Hera, with long and entertaining stories while Zeus took advantage of the moment to ravish the other mountain nymphs. When Hera discovered the trickery, she was so annoyed she punished the talkative Echo by taking away her voice, except in foolish repetition of another’s shouted words. Thus, all Echo could do was repeat the voice of another.

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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