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Leander Swims Over The Hellespont To Meet His Mistress Hero

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Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Leander Swims Over The Hellespont To Meet His Mistress Hero
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Leander Swims Over The Hellespont To Meet His Mistress Hero
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Leander Swims Over The Hellespont To Meet His Mistress Hero
Antique print from Les Temple Des Muses:Leander Swims Over The Hellespont To Meet His Mistress Hero
Leander Swims Over The Hellespont To Meet His Mistress Hero
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  • Artist / Collection: Bernard Picart
  • Product Code: FRP33888
US$195.00

Leander Swims Over The Hellespont To Meet His Mistress Hero

48.5 x 32 cm (19.1 x 12.6 inches).
Leander Swims Over The Hellespont To Meet His Mistress Hero
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, Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite who lived in a tower, and Leander, a young man from the opposite side of the sea strait, fell in love. Leander would swim every night across the Hellespont strait to be with her. Hero would light a torch at the top of her tower to guide him. Their secret love affair lasted through summer. They agreed to resume in spring due to the wild winter sea. One stormy winter night, Leander saw the torch at the top of Hero's tower. The strong wind blew it out and Leander lost his way and drowned. Hero plunged from the tower into the sea to be with him. Their bodies washed up on shore together in an embrace and they were buried in a lover's tomb on the shore. In this dramatic engraving by Bernard Picart, the winds blow the raging sea as Leander swims towards the torch on the tower. The ornate border includes mermaids, sea horses and Posiedon.

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: sea , mythology , greek