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Alcyone And Ceyx Transformed Into Halcyons

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Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Alcyone And Ceyx Transformed Into Halcyons
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Alcyone And Ceyx Transformed Into Halcyons
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Alcyone And Ceyx Transformed Into Halcyons
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Alcyone And Ceyx Transformed Into Halcyons
Alcyone And Ceyx Transformed Into Halcyons
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  • Artist / Collection: Bernard Picart
  • Product Code: FRP33886
US$295.00

48.5 x 32 cm (19.1 x 12.6 inches).
Alcyone And Ceyx Transformed Into Halcyons
This spectacular baroque engraving is from Bernard Picart's Le Temple Des Muses.
The engraving was made in 1733, is from the first edition and is an original antique. It has captions in French, English, German, and Dutch.
It is in very good condition for its age.
In Greek mythology, Ceyx was grandson of Atlas. According to Ovid when he died in a shipwreck, his wife, Alcyone, threw herself into the sea in despair. Thetis transformed them into halcyons (kingfishers), birds that can master the air and water. The myth is the origin of "halcyon days". This is a time in winter when storms never occur. Her father Aeolus, god of the winds, calmed the winds so she could do lay her eggs in safety. "Halcyon days" refers to happy times, especially in the midst of adversity. In this superb engraving by Bernard Picart, Aeolus drives the winds into a cave. The two halcyon birds are in the lower left.

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Style
Date Made1700s
Paper Size~19.1 x 12.6 inches (48.5 x 32 cm)
ShapePortrait
Main ColorBlack/White
Size Category41 to 50 cm [16 to 20 inches]