Picart engraved gem. Bacchus et Ariadne. Carpi. Opus. c1725
by Picart, Bernard
18th century antique engraving of Bacchus and Ariadne magnified gemstone.
Striking original copperplate engraving circa 1725 by Bernard Picart (1673-1733), of a (much magnified) carved, engraved gem from a series that portrays ancient subjects, including Kings, and Greek and Roman gods and mythology. The later stunning hand-colour in gouache and watercolour sets off the subject matter beautifully.
Picart was a superb draughtsman and engraver, taught by his father, engraver Etienne Picart. At the age of 16, Bernard won a prize at the Academy of Paris. Bernard Picart worked in Paris, Antwerp and Amsterdam, and developed a beautiful graphic style that combined both French and Dutch artistic influences. He became a Protestant convert, and was best known for his illustration of religious themes.
Page size is 250 x 395mm (10 x 15.5 inches) Plate mark, 19 x 28 cm (7.5 x 11 inches)
Stock Number: apcBP22Price: $385.00