1681 Ovidius Metamorphoses / Cephalus and Procis

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1681 Ovidius Metamorphoses / Cephalus and Procis

Ovidii Nasonis
oder OVIDII der Poeten
Wunderliche verenderung Verschidener Gestalden
Antag gegeben und verlegt

About The Metamorphoses
The metamorphoses cover the great story's of Greek mythology and like the old testament they tell the history of earth from it's beginning.
T is a lot of similarity in the scenes with the old testament but instead of one God t is a plenitude of Gods with very human behaviour and vices, lust not the least of them. It also starts with the creation of the world but instead of God it is Zeus who takes the principal part in it. Adam and Eve are replaced by the Golden age, Cain and Abel are represented by the Iron Age, the flood is shown, ... and the description ends with Julius Caesar.
The Metamorphoses in art
In 1557 Bernard Solomon published his series of engravings and many later series depend on his designs.
In 1589 Goltzius was occupied with the design of his series and in 1602 Crispin de Passe published his splendid work.
Antonio Tempesta published his series not until 1606 but his designs were already available before Goltzius and De Passe.
Wilhelm Bauer published his series in 1641.
Melchior Küssel published his series closely following the Bauer inventions in 1681,
the four lines Latin text are replaced by one title line beneath the print.

Küssel, Melchior (1626 - 1683).
Melchior Küssel was born in Augsburg 0n 17 August 1626, but became an apprentice of Matthias Merian the elder in Frankfurt. He married the daughter of his master and lived and worked in Frankfurt until the death of Merian, after which he moved back to his home town. He died t in 1683.

More info to be found about this series can be found in
the collection of the University of Virginia
following this link

Measures 10 by 14 cm. Full plate border and small margins. Narrow trimmed at the bottom but with full text line. Pasted on a collection sheet. Moderate time staining possible, check the image. Nice original impression out of the 1681series.
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