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Iris paying a visit to the kingdom of Hypnos (Ovid, 'Metamorphoses', XI), the god reclining on a bed, the base of which is decorated with an owl and a veiled figure, above him a winged female and putti holding drapery, a crescent moon and stars beyond, the children of the god to the right (Morpheus, Phobetor and Phatasus) seated at right, and at left, a lamp and an incense burner with bats flying above. 1709
Pen and silver ink (?), heightened with white; on black prepared paper
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Height: 215 millimetres
Width: 326 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hidenobu Kujirai identified the subject, previously it was described as an Allegory of Night (compare Antonio Tempesta's etching of the same scene from Ovid, BM impression X,3.302).
Lit.: H. Kurita and M. Koshikawa, in exhib. cat., Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art and Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art, 'French drawings from the British Museum: from Fontainebleau to Versailles', 2002, no. 63
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002 April-June, Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Mus of Art, 'French Drawings from the British Museum'
2002 July-Sep, Tokyo, NM of Western Art, 'French Drawings from the British Museum'
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Metamorphoses
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