Menu
Your Cart

Io Changed Into A Cow: Mercury Cuts Off Argus' Head

One of world's largest antique print dealers
Find thousands of rare antique prints and maps
Friendly personal service
Only $15 for insured shipping worldwide
Free shipping worldwide for orders > $110
Orders dispatched within one working day
Certificates of authenticity provided
Selling online since 1998
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Io Changed Into A Cow: Mercury Cuts Off Argus' Head
Io Changed Into A Cow: Mercury Cuts Off Argus' Head
  • Availability: 1
  • Artist / Collection: Bernard Picart
  • Product Code: FRP33862
US$195.00

48.5 x 32 cm (19.1 x 12.6 inches).
Io Changed Into A Cow: Mercury Cuts Off Argus' Head
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, Argus was a giant with many eyes. Hera was queen of the gods and wife of Zeus. She had Argus guard a white cow from Zeus. Hera knew the cow was actually Io, a nymph Zeus was coupling with. To free Io, Zeus had Argus slain by Hermes (Mercury). Hermes put Argus to sleep with spoken charms, then killed him by cutting off his head. Hera had the hundred eyes of Argus preserved forever, in a peacock's tail.

© Fine Rare Prints

Style
Date Made 1700s
Paper Size ~19.1 x 12.6 inches (48.5 x 32 cm)
Shape Portrait
Main Color Black/White
Size Category 41 to 50 cm [16 to 20 inches]
Tags: cow , mythology , greek