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The Danaids Condemned To Fill Bored Vessels With Water

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Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:The Danaids Condemned To Fill Bored Vessels With Water
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:The Danaids Condemned To Fill Bored Vessels With Water
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:The Danaids Condemned To Fill Bored Vessels With Water
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:The Danaids Condemned To Fill Bored Vessels With Water
The Danaids Condemned To Fill Bored Vessels With Water
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  • Artist / Collection: Bernard Picart
  • Product Code: FRP33910
US$295.00

The Danaids Condemned To Fill Bored Vessels With Water

48.5 x 32 cm (19.1 x 12.6 inches).
The Danaids Condemned To Fill Bored Vessels With Water
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, the Danaids were the fifty daughters of Danaus, King of Argos. They married the fifty sons of Aegyptus and murdered them on their wedding nights. As punishment, the Danaids were sent to Hades and condemned to spend eternity transferring water in leaky containers. They represent the futility of a repetitive task that cannot be finished. Bernard Picart's engraving shows the beautiful Danaids filling a leaking vessel. The ornate border includes mermaids, fountains, sea horses (hippocampi) and Poseidon.

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]