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Mercurius and Argus

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Antonio Tempesta, 1606 - Mercurius and Argus


Mercurius killing Argus, when he sleaps. The eyes of Argus are put on the peacock feathers by Juno. Etched in Italy by Antonio Tempesta, edited in Antwerp 1606. Antonio Tempesta (1555 – 5 August 1630) was an Italian painter and engraver. He was a connection between the Baroque Rome and the art of Antwerp. As pupil of Santi di Tito and the Flemish painter Joannes Stradanus, he was also known for his frescos, etchings and he worked also as court painter to Alessandro Farnese. From Metamorphoseon sive transformationum. These prints are similar but in another style as the prints of Crispijn de Passe. The Illustrated Bartsch 647. Printed on laid 17th century paper ca 1606 (11,8 cm x 10,4 cm). With large margins 2-4 cm with a watermark. Written two times in old brown ink in the margin the french explanation: "Argus tué par Mercure". Delivered in a museum passepartout.

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