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Mythological beings.
Housselin, Alexis Louis Pierre (Engraver)
Fourquemin (fl. 1835-1853) (Lithographer)

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Mythology (General)

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1844 - 1861
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC-WON MYT
Shelf locator: PC-WON OX MYT
Juno (Roman deity)
Jupiter (Roman deity)
Mercury (Roman deity)
Venus (Roman deity)
Satyrs (Greek mythology)
Aphrodite (Greek deity)
Hermes (Greek deity)
Zeus (Greek deity)
Eros (Greek deity)
Hera (Greek deity)
Io (Greek mythology)
Content : Foxing along center crease and at bottom corners. Second note is based on extensive caption written under image at right.

Content : Io, daughter of a river god and one of Zeus' love interests, was turned into a cow by Zeus when his wife Hera suspected his cheating. Hera asked for the cow as a gift to test her husband. She set Argus, with his many never-sleeping-all-at-once eyes, as guard over Io, but Zeus sent Hermes to slay Argus and set Io free. This painting is a sort of compressed summation of the story.

Content : Io, with the horns and ears of a cow, sits at center, holding a plant stalk. Hermes sits next to her, wearing a winged helmet and sandals . Above Io is Argus, his body covered with eyes. A female figure identified as "Pitho" stands next to him, with winged Pothos seeming to offer help with her belt or girdle. Two satyrs are at the bottom of the scene, one of whom plays with a hare. Aphrodite is second from left, leaning on Zeus' shoulder, with winged Eros by her side. At top center, Hera holds a scepter rod. Ilithyia has her arm around Hera's shoulder.

Content : Pothos is a personification of desire. Ilithyia is a goddess who helped women in childbirth.

Source note: Elite des monuments céramographiques : matériaux pour l''histoire des religions et des moeurs de l''antiquité. (Paris : Leleux, 1844-1861) Lenormant, Charles (1802-1859), Author.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : b ; 33 x 52 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
UUID: 917ad9c0-c5be-012f-1a7e-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1844: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

MLA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Mythological beings." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1844 - 1861. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5fed-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Mythological beings." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 29, 2015. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5fed-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1844 - 1861). Mythological beings. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5fed-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Mythological  beings.