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2 x Melchior Küsel (1626-1684) : Niobes children killed by arrows of Apollo and Diana / Plague in Aegna - 1681

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2 x  Melchior Küsel  (1626-1684) : Niobes children killed by arrows of Apollo and Diana / Plague in Aegna - 1681

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A pair of etchings

Technique: Etching
Year: 17th century
Condition: In good condition
Title of artwork: Niobes Children
Signature: Not signed
Artist: Melchior Küsel (1626-1684)

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

The Destruction of the Niobids; in the foreground, the sons and daughters of Niobe being attacked, some fleeing the scene, others lying dead on the ground, horses galloping away; at right, a figure struck by an arrow; in the top left hand corner, billowing clouds, from which emerges Diana and Apollo preapring to shoot an arrow with their bow at the figures below
Reference under Baur: Hollstein 12, Bonnefoit 1997 R.175

The Plague at Aegina; in the sky, billowing clouds; at top right, Juno with her crown and sceptre, pointing downwards at the land below; below, a temple at left; figures and cattle dispersed, lying on the ground or standing; a fire at left, from which pours forth smoke; beyond, the sea.
Reference under Baur: Hollstein 12, Bonnefoit 1997 R.186 (corner text line damaged)

These etchings have an important place in the history of Ovidius subjects in the print art. Read more at the University of Virginia website:

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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