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BLOEMAERT, Cornelis. - Symplegades.

BLOEMAERT, Cornelis. -  Symplegades.
Symplegades. - BLOEMAERT, Cornelis.
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Title : Symplegades..
Map maker : BLOEMAERT, Cornelis..
Date : Paris, 1650.
Size : 10.2 x 7.1 inches. / 26.0 x 18.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :The Argo passing between the cliffs called Symplegades Mythological subjects, engraved by Cornelis Bloemaert, after Pierre Brebiette and published by Pierre Mariette and his son. Inscription: in plate, lower left: P Breb. fig. in bottom margin: SYMPLEGADES / Les inconstans Rochers des Iles Cyanées ou Symplegades, sont charmez par la douceur de la Lyre d'Orphée, assis aupres de Typhis sur la Poupe du Navire des Argonautes, allant a la conquete de la Toison. Orphée, Argon.

The Myth:
Phineus informed the Argonauts of a danger just ahead on the route to the Golden Fleece - two rocks called the Symplegades, which crashed together upon any ship passing between them. The King even suggested a mechanism by which one might avoid the effects of these Clashing Rocks.
If a dove could be induced to pass between the crags first, causing them to clash together, the Argo could follow quickly behind, passing through safely before they were ready to snap shut again. By means of this device, Jason caused the rocks to spring together prematurely, nipping only the tail feathers of the bird. The Argonauts rowed mightily to get through and lost only part of the stern ornament. After that, the Symplegades stopped moving permanently.

Cornelis Bloemaert II [1603 – 1684] born in Utrecht and studied with his Father Abraham. Originally trained as a painter he devoted himself primarily to print making learned from Crispijn van de Passe. He traveled to Paris in the year 1630 creating prints and in 1633 traveled to Rome. He made many prints of Italian paintings and statuary. He was a member of the Bentvueghels with the nickname Winter and died in Rome.

A copy of this engraving can be found in ‘The Metropolitan Museum of Art’
Condition : Very good condition Strong impression

ID: 93488

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