Jason handing over the Golden Fleece to Pelias

Etienne Delaune French

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Engraving, part of a set of 12 mythological scenes, created by Etienne Delaune in Strasbourg in 1573. Each scene is presented inside an oval frame made up of two thin ovals, which contains an inscription for the scene. This engraving illustrates Jason's return to his uncle Pelias, having accomplished his mission of finding and bringing the Golden Fleece to him. The inscription in the oval frame makes allusion to Jason's wisdom, after he decides not to take back his throne after his uncle took over it. The conquest of the Golden Fleece, under this tradition, would symbolize the conquest of virtue, which allows Jason to overcome his passions.

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