[Erigone]Un pareil vétement pour voiler tant de charmes / A d'austeres censeurs paroist un peu léger [...]
AParis chez Bance le jeune Rue Severin No 115 C.D.M.
Engraving, platemark 340 x 240mm (13¼ x 9½"). Very slight foxing.
Erigone, daughter of Icarius of Athens, who hanged herself over her father's grave after he was killed by Dionysus's shepherds. According to Ovid, Dionysus assumed the shape of a cluster of grapes to approach and seduce her (which the text here alludes to). After a painting by Nicolas-André Monsiau (1754/5-1837), painter who made book illustrations from Ovid and other authors following the slump in commissions brought about by the Revolution, and later received an important commission from Napoleon, 'the Comitia at Lyon, 26 January 1802' (Versailles, Château).
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