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Two etchings by Melchior Küsel (1626-1684) Ovidi's Metamorphoses : King Tereus violating Philomelia / Procne's revenge - 1681

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Two etchings by Melchior Küsel  (1626-1684)  Ovidi's Metamorphoses :  King Tereus violating Philomelia / Procne's revenge - 1681

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A pair of etchings

Artist: Melchior Küsel (1626-1684)
Title of artwork: King Tereus violating Philomelia/ Procne's revenge
Technique: Etching
Signature: Not signed
Condition: In good condition
Sold with frame: No

10 x 14,50 cm trimmed on plate border.
On a laid paper collection sheet of 18 x 24 cm.

Tereus violating Philomela; a wooded landscape; at centre, King Tereus and Philomela, in a clearing, surrounded by trees; Tereus forcefully grabbing Philomela's right arm and leg with both hands; Philomela lying on the ground; Tereus' sword lies by his feet; Philomela's crown lies on the ground.
Reference (after Baur) Hollstein 12. Bonnefoit 1997 R.178

Procne's Revenge; the interior of a dining room; a doorway at left, with a covering bearing a herald; ornate wall panels; an open window in the centre, at the back; on the right, hanging curtains; in the foreground, an abandoned table and chair; Tereus seen from behind, preparing to draw the sword at his right, both hands clasping the pommel and handle; to his left, Philomena with her arms outstretched, looking at Tereus; to her left, Procne, brandishing the head of her son, Itys, by Tereus
Reference (after Baur) Hollstein 12. Bonnefoit 1997 R.179

These etchings have an important place in the history of Ovidius subjects in the print art. Read more at the University of Virginia website: http://ovid.lib.virginia.edu/tempestabaurnew.html

Though not published till 1606, Italian Tempesta's designs were apparently already available for imitation by Goltzius as well as de Passe, whose own cycles were published before that date. All these cycles involve at least loose imitations of Salomon-Solis designs, though no longer as woodcuts, but rather as complex engravings, replete with stylistic refinements along Mannerist and early-Baroque lines. Wilhelm Baur's (or Bauer's) series of Ovid engravings may well have been published as early as 1639. In 1684 Melchior Küssel published his re-engraved series closely following the Baur prints.

Engraver and publisher: Melchior Küsel (printmaker; German; 1626 - 1683)
, fl. Augsburg, Vienna and Munich. Pupil of Matthäus Merian the Elder in Frankfurt. At times worked with his brother Matthäus Küsel. Acquired a large part of the Nachlass of J.W.Baur, and between 1670 and 1681 published numerous plates after Baur, either copies of his etchings or after his drawings (see Bonnefoit N.155 to 537). The plates of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' of 1681 where copied from Baur's etched series of 1639/41.

Design: Johann Wilhelm Baur, (Strasbourg 1607 - Vienna, 1640)
German engraver, etcher and miniature painter. He is famous for a series of illustrations of Ovid's Metamorphoses. According to Houbraken, he learned to draw and paint from the miniaturist Frederik Brendel in Strasbourg before embarking on a Grand Tour to Rome. . He specialized in watercolors or architectural follies in perspective, and was often employed to make pictures of gardens. In 1634 he broke off a trip to Naples to return to a woman in Rome. He died in Vienna of a sudden illness while on a commission by Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor.Baur was closely influenced by Callot (Hinds History of Engraving)

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