About this artwork
Flaxman pioneered a style of drawing, inspired by Greek vase painting, that rejected perspective and modeling in favor of pure line. With this, he meant to rediscover a lost simplicity and purity in art.
In the 1790s, Flaxman produced a series of illustrations made into engravings for the works of Homer, Aeschylus, and Dante. These proved enormously influential, earning the sculptor lasting fame.
Little of the texts was included in these editions, as Flaxman set out to tell the story through images.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Tommaso Piroli
- Homer's Iliad, Homer's Odyssey, Aeschylus's Tragedies and les Argonautes
- Italy (Artist's nationality)
- Engravings in black on cream laid paper, bound with cardboard covers covered in paper, with leather spine and corners, and decorative end papers with block printing in blue
- Book binding: 29.6 × 43.7 × 4 cm (11 11/16 × 17 1/4 × 1 5/8 in.)
- John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection