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Mercury kills Argus, who is represented with his body covered with eyes.

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1624645
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Names
Housselin, Alexis Louis Pierre (Engraver)
Fourquemin (fl. 1835-1853) (Lithographer)
Collection

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Mythology -- A

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1844 - 1861
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC-WON MYT-A
Shelf locator: PC-WON OX MYT-A
Topics
Beards
Eye -- Mythology
Mercury (Roman deity)
Eyes
Hermes (Greek deity)
Greeks -- Clothing & dress -- To 499
Argus
Genres
Lithographs
Notes
Content : Light foxing scattered over image. Written below picture: "Mercury kills Argus who is represented with his body covered with eyes. His savage air and heavy beard is characteristic of the guardian of Io transformed into a heifer. He has wounds on his head and breast. Panoptes crowned with laurel or myrtle holds a staff or crutch and shows his displeasure of [sic] the killing. Panoptes is the surname of Argus and means all-seeing from his possession of a hundred eyes some of which were always awake. William Hope Collection, London."

Content : Argus was appointed by Hera, queen of the gods, to be the guardian of Io, a lover whom Zeus had turned into a cow to protect her from his wife's wrath. Zeus sent Mercury (Hermes to the Greeks) to slay Argus to set Io free. He did this by playing his magic pipes to put all of Argus' eyes to sleep, then used a sword to cut off his head.

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 ; 34 x 49.5 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
UUID: 94ab4040-c5be-012f-d910-58d385a7bc34

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. "Mercury kills Argus, who is represented with his body covered with eyes." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1844 - 1861. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6010-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Mercury kills Argus, who is represented with his body covered with eyes." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 29, 2015. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6010-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1844 - 1861). Mercury kills Argus, who is represented with his body covered with eyes. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-6010-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Mercury kills Argus, who is represented with his body covered with eyes.