PhalarisDas Kunst Stuck welches / hier Perillus hat erdacht [...]
Joh. George Hertel, excud. A.V. 1
Etching with very large margins, sheet 340 x 210mm (13¼ x 8¼").
Phalaris of Acragas (now Agrigento, Sicily). Phalaris was a tyrant renowned for his cruelty. Here he watches a small animal being devoured, while in the background is the infamous brazen bull. This was a bronze bull, hollow, and with a door in one side, used to execute criminals by roasting them to death. Here the sculptor Perillos, who made the device, is put into the device to test it (he was withdrawn before dying, and thrown from the top of a hill instead). Phalaris, however, later met his end inside the brazen bull after he was overthrown by Telemachus. With rococo border and verses in German and Latin below. From a set of decorative prints etched from designs by Johann Esaias Nilson (1721-88), 'the German Watteau'. Nilson was part of a family of artists and established himself as the leading Augsburg artist of his day, whose influence extended across publishing, art academies, a role as court painter, and the decorative arts (especially ceramics).
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