Image Credit: Probably Salomon Savery (1594Ė1665)
after Francis Clein (c.1590Ė1658)
Detail of frontispiece engraving in Ovid
Pub. Ovidii Nasonis Metamorphoseon, Libri XVÖ
Paris, ∆gidii Morelli, 1637
David K.E. Bruce Fund (PA6519 .M2 1637)
From the Library: The Transformation of Ovidís Metamorphoses
WASHINGTON, DC • National Gallery of Art • Ongoing
|By the sixteenth century, Ovidís Metamorphoses had become the most important single source for mythological lore from the ancient world. It was read in many different languages, from the original Latin to vernacular translations in German, Italian, French, English, and Dutch, to name but a few. |
Through selections from the Libraryís rare book collection, supplemented with prints, drawings, medals, and decorative arts objects, this exhibition illustrates the history and enduring popularity of Ovidís Metamorphoses with readers, scholars, artists, and poets into the twentieth century. Addressing the question of how the text was used, delineating the kinds of books that were produced and their intended audiences, and exploring the various types of images that accompanied the text in this diverse range of editions, the exhibition explores some of the ways the text itself, and images derived from it, were transformed and consumed over time.
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