Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Aeneas and Mercury

Series/Portfolio:
Illustration to 'The Works of Virgil: Containing his Pastorals, Georgics and Aeneis.'1697
Etcher:
Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London)
Artist:
After Franz Cleyn (German, Rostock 1582–1658 London)
Date:
1654
Medium:
Etching and engraving; fifth state of five,the plate reduced, as published in 1697 or 1698
Dimensions:
Plate: 10 1/4 × 7 11/16 in. (26 × 19.5 cm) Sheet: 13 7/8 × 7 7/8 in. (35.2 × 20 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1963
Accession Number:
63.601.13
Not on view
1 of 30 illustrations etched by Hollar for an edition of The Aeneid.
In a square in Carthage, Mercury approaching Aeneas from the air, warning him to leave the city; Ascanius and a middle-aged man standing by at right; stone mason working at centre foreground, workmen shovelling stones and carrying stone blocks at left, others working on buildings in background; statue of Diana in a niche at right; coat of arms below image at centre.
Inscription: 'F. Cleyn inu: W. Hollar fecit,';
'AE.4.l.380' added in this state as is the separate dedicatory plate with a coat of arms and dedication to John Walkendon.
Pennington 308 v/v; New Hollstein (Hollar, Part V) 1371 V/V, printed together with a separate dedicatory plate with a coat of arms and dedication to John Walkedon.

as published in the editions of 1697 and 1698.
Richard Pennington A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607-1677. Cambridge, 1982.

Simon Turner Wenceslaus Hollar: New Hollstein German engravings, etchings and woodcuts, 1400-1700. Giulia Bartrum, vols. 1-9, 2009–2012.



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