Mythology, Ancient World, Cyclopes
"The Cyclops at their Forge"
Velvety mezzotint copper print of the highest quality.
Engraver: John Murphy (ca. 1740-ca. 1820)
after the painting by Luca Giordano (1634-1705)
Publisher: John & Josua Boydell
London, dated 1788
Original antique print
In Greek mythology cyclopes were three sons of Uranus and Gaea. Their names were Arges, Brontes and Steropes. They had to forge the thunderbolts for Zeus. And that is the scene we are looking at. Three immensely muscular males at work.
Mezzotinta engraving is a very attractive sort of printing. The setting of light and dark against each other can be superbly executed as seen on this print.
The condition is very good. Wide margins show traces of age and use.
50 x 35 cm (ca. 19.7 x 13.8")