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Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:The Fall Of Icarus
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:The Fall Of Icarus
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:The Fall Of Icarus
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:The Fall Of Icarus
The Fall Of Icarus
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  • Artist / Collection: Bernard Picart
  • Product Code: FRP33887
US$400.00

48.5 x 32 cm (19.1 x 12.6 inches).
The Fall Of Icarus
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, Icarus was the son of master craftsman Daedalus. They try to escape from Crete using wings that Daedalus made from feathers and wax. Daedalus warns Icarus to fly neither too low nor too high, to avoid the sea soaking his wings or the sun melting them. Icarus ignores him and flies too close to the sun. His wings melt and he falls into the sea and drowns. The myth gave rise to the advice "don't fly too close to the sun". In this dramatic engraving by Bernard Picart, Icarus plunges to the sea, while his father flies on. The ornate border includes a sun face and peacock.

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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]
Tags: Crete , sea , mythology , greek