Olympy Iovis Simulcrum.
[Paris, Honervogt, c.1620.]
Engraving. Image 205 x 250mm (8 x 9¾"). Trimmed within plate on three sides, remarginned with old paper, original bottom margin frayed.
The chryselephantine (gold & ivory) statue of Jupiter (more correctly Zeus) at Olympia, from a series depicting the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The giant figure sits astride an eagle, dwarfing the worshippers. To his right is a statue of Hercules, and in the foreground is a regal figure handing out wreaths to the winners of the Olympic Games, with a pair of wrestlers bottom right. The engraver was either of two Jacques Honervogts, father (active 1608-66), or son (c.1623-94). One was sued by Rubens for breach of copyright, and certainly this is a copy (including the verse) of an engraving by Philips Galle of the same subject.
[Ref: 26415] £500.00