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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). Jupiter and Antiope Another Quality Print from Martin2001 Type of print: Steel engraving - Original antique print Year of printing: 1898 Artist - Engraver - Publisher: Correggio - n/a - D. Appleton and Goupil Co. Condition: Excellent - Very good - Good - Fair. Few light brosnish spots in left blank margin. Size of print in inches: incl. blank margins: 12 x 16, 1 inch = 2,54 cm Type of paper: Thick - Heavier - Medium heavy - Thin Reverse side: Blank - With text or pictures Notes: 1. Green color around the print in the photo is a contrasting background, it is not part of the print or a frame. 2. See shipping rates, return, payment policies, etc. at the bottom of page. Description: The so-called "Father of the gods" may, with almost equal propriety be called the " father of men," for his human progeny were very numerous. If Jupiter's biography were written, no small part of would be engrossed by the story of his amours with fair mortals. In deed, such occupations,—including the protection of his favorites from the vengeance of his jealous wife,—seemed to be a graver care to him than the general affairs of the universe. And the example thus set by the chief deity the lower gods were not slow to follow; nor is in the least to be wondered at. that frail mortals should emulate the example of the deities they worshiped, and find in the lustful intrigues of the gods the fullest license for their own sensuality. Antiope was the wife of Lycus, "king of Thebes, by whom she was repudiated, in order that he might marry Circe; but, according to one account, the act of Lycus had some justification in the fact that Antiope had been unfaithful to him in her relations with Epopeus of Sicyon. However this may be, she was not only discarded, but very cruelly treated by Lyons and his new wife, especially by the latter, for Antiope had great beauty, which, doubtless, awakened jealousy in the heart of her successor. It was at this sorrowful time that Antiope was visited by the sympathizing Jupiter, who also unloosed her chains and freed her from imprisonment, and helped her to escape to Mount Cithaeron. Here she appears to have lived the life of a huntress, and here she gave birth to twin sons, Amphion and Zethus. The former of these received a lyre from Apollo, and became a wonderful musician; while Zethus was a hunter and herdsman. Another version of Antiope's history recites that her sons were born while she was yet in captivity, and were cast out and exposed to death; but they were discovered by a shepherd and brought up in that humble sphere. Meanwhile Antiope had escaped from her cruel bondage, and her sons, having recognized her and heard the story of her wrongs, took terrible vengeance on her persecutor, Circe, by tying her to a wild bull, by which she was dragged and trampled to death. Corregio's picture represents Antiope as visited by Jupiter on Mount Cithaeron. She has apparently been resting after the chase, as she lies upon a skin, with a quiver of arrows beside her. Jupiter was wont to guard his dignity and, perhaps, add spice to the adventure, by assuming various shapes in his commerce with mortals. In this instance he assumed the person of a satyr. The presence of the cupid symbolizes the passion of love. As a rule no painter has ever treated these voluptuous myths with more delicacy and refinement than Correggio; but the remark of Professor Lubke, that the present picture " borders on wantoness," seems a just one. For technical beauty it is hardly excelled by any of the works of this great master, in whom painting probably reached the highest culmination of grace and finish. The original of the picture is in the Louvre. Antonio Allegri was born in 1494 at Correggio (whence the name by which he is commonly known). He passed most of his life at Parma, founding there the school called by that name. He died in 1540. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 antique prints. Notes: --- findgenre findgrmast findmyth findcherubs Powered by Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.
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