Homer's Iliad, Homer's Odyssey, Aeschylus's Tragedies and les Argonautes

A work made of 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.
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  • A work made of 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.

Date:

1793/1810 (Iliad, 2nd ed, published 1793; Odyssey, published 1793; Tragedies, published 1795; Les argonautes, 1799; 3rd ed, published 1807/10)

Artist:

Tommaso Piroli (Italian, 1750-1824), after John Flaxman (English, 1755-1826), Iliad, Odyssey and Tragedies
Joseph Anton Koch (German, 1768-1839), after Asmus Jakob Carstens (German, 1754-1798), Les Argonautes

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.

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Artist

Tommaso Piroli

Title

Homer's Iliad, Homer's Odyssey, Aeschylus's Tragedies and les Argonautes

Origin

Italy

Date

1793–1810

Medium

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

Dimensions

296 x 437 x 40 mm (book binding)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2003.256

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