This is an original 1833 black and white copper engraving of an illustration by G. Busato of the costumes and typical dress of the ancient Greek goddesses Athena (also Minerva), Artemis (Diana), Hera (Juno), and the gods Zeus (Jupiter, Jove), Apollo, and Cronus (Saturn), along with traditional temple vestments.
This 180+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light foxing and aging. Light wrinkling. Some light surface rub. Please note: There is a plate impression bordering the image in this print.
Period Paper is pleased to offer one of the most extraordinary collections of original, large format, museum-quality copper engravings depicting the history of costumes from around the world. In addition to the ancient and medieval costumes, these engravings include historical scenes of daily life, architectural drawings, transportation, and more. This group of copper engravings took 10 years to produce. Each engraving is exquisitely detailed and includes the original copperplate impression. These engravings are from the first and only edition of these works. Also within this group are some spectacular watercolor engravings that were done by hand.
The scarcity of the collection, the condition of the collection, the elephant folio size, the detail of the copper engravings, and the subject matter make this one of the most impressive collections we've procured. These would look stunning framed and would make for exceptional, one-of-a-kind gifts.
This piece was illustrated by Busato, G.. Artist name printed on page - bottom left of image.
Reproductive art by A. Viviani & Simonetti.