Oenotria Telus, An Idealized Woodland Scene Near Naples

A work made of etching in black on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1796

Artist:

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein
German, 1751-1829

About this artwork

This sizable landscape print by Tischbein, the German director of the Neapolitan art academy, served as a frontispiece for his book Homer Drawn after the Antique. Tischbein also describes himself on the title page as the depot director of the Farnese Antiquities, a Renaissance-era collection, which he moved from Rome to Naples. Rather than reproducing Homeric scenes from ancient sculpture as was done elsewhere in the book, this etching depicts the verdant landscape of the Cyclops Polyphemus’s island before the advent of the dangerous Odysseus, imagining it as a secluded glade in Naples. The luscious hanging swags of grapes bar the viewer’s entry while dangling the promise of wine to Dionysos’s devotees.

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Artist

Johann Heinrich Tischbein, II

Title

Oenotria Telus, An Idealized Woodland Scene Near Naples

Origin

Germany

Date

1726

Medium

Etching in black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

434 × 340 mm (image); 452 × 356 mm (plate, appro×.; trimmed within left plate edge); 514 × 367 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2014.129

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