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Eolus Enclosing the Winds

Äolus die Winde einschliessend

Artist: after engraving by Abraham Jansz. van Diepenbeeck (1569 - 1675)
Artist: Ferdinand Piloty (aka Pilotj) (1786 - 1844) Printer
Date: 1810-1816
19th century
Dimensions: 9.21 x 7.09 in. (23.4 x 18 cm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, Germany
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James Reed, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.35.181
Not on view.

Piloty was among the first artists to grasp the enormous potential of lithography not only for multiplying original drawings, but for reproducing other works of art. This lithograph reproduces an engraving that accompanied a collection of classical fables, but it lacks the couplet from Ovid’s Metamorphoses that identifies the scene: Aeolus, brandishing a scepter, imprisons the gods of the winds so that his daughter Alcyon and her husband Ceyx, who have been transformed into kingfishers, can nest undisturbed in the tree to the lower right.

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