Antique print. Hesperus, God of Evening

Hesperus, God of Evening

Artist/Collection: Simon Thomassin
Product Code: FRP25256
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Hesperus, God of Evening

~7.8 x 6 inches (19.8 x 15 cm).
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This beautiful engraving was made in 1723 by Simon Thomassin in Paris. It is from his work Recuel des Statue, Groupes, Fontaines, Termes, Vases et Autres Mangifique Ornamens du Chateau et Parc de Versailles, which shows the magnificent statues, fountains and ornaments at the Palace of Versaille. King Louis XIV commissioned this work and Thomassin held the title Graveur du Roy (Engraver of the King).

This antique print was made by copper plate engraving. The paper is hand-made and chain-linked (if you hold the paper up to a strong light you can see it was made by laying the paper pulp onto a lattice of chains).

In Greek mythology, Hesperus is the Evening Star, the planet Venus in the evening. He is the son of the dawn goddess Eos (Roman Aurora) and is the half-brother of her other son, Phosphorus (also called Eosphorus; the "Morning Star"). Hesperus' Roman equivalent is Vesper. By one account Hesperus' father was Cephalus, a mortal, while Phosphorus' was the star god Astraios. Other sources, however, state that Hesperus was the brother of Atlas, and thus the son of Iapetus

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It is in excellent condition considering it was made nearly 300 years ago.

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Style
Date Made 1700s
Paper Size ~7.8 x 6 inches (19.8 x 15 cm)
Shape Portrait
Main Color Black + White
Size Category 11 to 20 cm (4 to 8 inches)