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!!! NOTE !!! if the image(s) in the description shows a broken image icon(s), right click on the icon(s) and open in new tab to see the larger image(s). Oedipus and the Sphinx Another Quality Print from Martin2001 Type of print: Photogravure - Original vintage antique print Year of printing: 1893 Artist - Engraver - Publisher: J.A. Ingres - n/a - George Barrie, Philadelphia. Deluxe edition. Condition: Excellent - Very good - Good - Fair. Overall dimensions of print: Including blank margins: 12 x 16 1/2 inches (1 inch = 2,54 cm) Type of paper: Thick - Heavier, wove - Medium heavy - Slightly heavier - Thin. Printed on off-white fine quality (thin) India paper mounted completely and cleanly onto heavier wove, white-color paper. Reverse side: Blank - With text or pictures. Notes: Green border around the print is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed, it is not part of the print. Description of the subject depicted in the print: FASCINATING theme for the great dramatists of Greece was the tragic history of OEdipus, one of those deeply mysterious, fatalistic records of experience that has continued to cast its spell on human hearts in every age. The story has undergone various changes, but in its commonest form it may be thus briefly outlined: OEdipus was the son of Laius and Iocaste, king and queen of Thebes. The Oracle predicted that if a son were born to Laius, the father would fall by the son's band. When, therefore, Oedipus was born, he was exposed on Mount Cithaeron. He was found by a shepherd and taken to King Polybus of Corinth, who adopted him as his son. Having once been taunted with not being the son of Polybus, he consulted the Oracle, who informed him that he should slay his father and commit incest with his mother. Believing Polybus to be his father, OEdipus resolved not to return to Corinth. On the road to Daulis he met his real father, Laius, whose charioteer endeavored to push him out of the way, and in the collision OEdipus slew both the servant and Laius, and thus one of the predictions of the Oracle was fulfilled. Meanwhile the sphinx bad appeared near Thebes. Having settled on a rock, she put a riddle to very passer-by, and slew all who failed to solve it. It was accordingly proclaimed that whoever should deliver the country from this monster should be made king and receive Iocaste as his wife. OEdipus, having fulfilled the conditions, obtained the kingdom, and became the husband of Iocaste. And thus the remaining prediction of the Oracle was fulfilled. A plague now fell upon the country, which could not be stayed till the murderer of Laius was expelled. When OEdipus endeavored to discover the murderer, he ascertained that he himself was the criminal. Upon this revelation, locaste hung herself, and OEdipus put out his eyes, and suffered many sorrows until the end of his life. M. Ingres has dealt with this subject in a style at once simple and grand. Oedipus is nude in profile bends to the Sphinx in her rocky cave above to the left. He holds two spears, has a yellow cloak on his shoulder. His left foot is raised on a stone below which lie bones and a skull. Blue sky to right, and below a city under a storm cloud (the colors refer to the opriginal painting). Martin2001 Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy ! Any print purchased from us may be returned for any reason for a full refund including all postage. Shipping: Worldwide. We gladly combine multiple purchases into one package. Terminology: to learn more about antique prints and their terminology. "Inch to cm" conversion: to see our handy "inch to cm" conversion table. Our other listings : to see our other listings . Notes: --- findmythtroy findmyth Powered by Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.
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