Bernard Picart (1673-1733)

[Antique title page, 1732/33] Le Temple des Muses, published 1732-1733, 1 p.

Architectural frame with the title in French, flanked by the personifications of Poetry and Painting. The second personification wears a cloth on her mouth. This refers to Horace’s Ut pictura poesis (Poetry is like painting). The frame is crowned with a cartouche with Cupid. Under the frame, a cartouche with another personification with a tower-shaped crown, possibly Cybele. This cartouche is flanked by Death as a skeleton and an old man who has just awakened.

Signed ad dated at bottom left: B. Picart invenit 1732.

Frontispiece – bookillustration – frontispice – boekillustratie

Etching and engraving on paper; total: 476 x 338 mm; mounted on cardboard passepartout. Some rubbing and small damages on the outer margins, otherwise in very good condition.

Incl. BTW  145,20

Excl. BTW  120,00

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