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Title
Mercure apportant Jupiter aux Nymphes Mélisses
Names
Firmin-Didot (Firm) (Printer)
Collection

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Mythology -- Mercury

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1878
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC WON MYT-Mer
Topics
Mercury (Roman deity)
Hermes (Greek deity)
Infants
Bulls
Nymphs (Greek deities)
Flying
Jupiter (Roman deity)
Mythology, Greek
Zeus (Greek deity)
Genres
Reproductive prints
Notes
Statement of responsibility: "Imp. F. Didot & Cie., Paris." "Peinture de Lagrenée."--printed on border.
Source note: XVIII siècle; letters, sciences et arts, France 1700-1789; ouvrage illustré de 16 chromolithographies et de 250 gravures sur bois. (Paris : Firmin-Didot, 1878) Jacob, P. L. (1806-1884), Author.
Contrary to the caption, this image is not explicable as Hermes delivering the infant Zeus to his nurse Melissa, since Hermes himself is the son of Zeus. It may represent a confusion with another mythic tradition that identifies Hermes as the one who secretly delivered the infant Dionysus to King Athamas and his wife, Ino, in order to protect him from the jealous wrath of Hera, who wished the child dead because he was one of her husband's many illegitimate offsprings.
Physical Description
Chromolithographs
Extent: 18 x 23 cm
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f4b58f80-c5be-012f-2901-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1878: Issued
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Mercure apportant Jupiter aux Nymphes Mélisses" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1878. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-1a0f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Mercure apportant Jupiter aux Nymphes Mélisses" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 29, 2020. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-1a0f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1878). Mercure apportant Jupiter aux Nymphes Mélisses Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-1a0f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Mercure apportant Jupiter aux Nymphes Mélisses