Ancient World, Mythology, Fresco, Ercolano, Ikarus, Daedalus
No title. - Ikarus crashed
Hand-colored copper etching.
Published in "Le Antichità di Ercolano Esposte"
Naples (Napoli, Neapel), 1757-1792 (in eight volumes)
Imprisoned by King Minos, Ikarus and his father Daedalus knew only one escape way: by flying. They manufactured wings for themselves held together by wax. Daedalos emphasized to his son, not to get too close to the sun, lest the wax would melt. But Ikarus, exuberant as he was, disregarded his father's admonishment. The heat of the sun melted the wax of his wings. He crashed and died.This scene shows Daedalos landing next to dead Ikarus.
The image is hand-colored with gouache and surrounded by velvety black reaching to the edge of the paper.
Very good condition.
Image: 21,4 x 22 cm (ca. 8.4 x 8.6")