Tableaux du temple des muses  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Tableaux du temple des muses tirez du cabinet de feu Mr Favereau, et gravez en tailles-douces par les meilleurs maistres de son temps pour représenter les vertus et les vices, sur les plus illustres fables de l'antiquité, avec les descriptions, remarques et annotations[1][2] (1655) by Michel de Marolles.

The present page links to the 58 plates which were published in M. des Marolles' Temple des Muses (Paris, 1655, plates by Cornelis Bloemart on designs mainly by Diepenbeeck, reeng. Peter de Bailliu, 1676 [= II]) along with B. Picart's reengravings (= III) for a much-revised text, published as De Tempel der Zang-Godinen, Amsterdam, 1733, (also issued with English and French title-pages); the 1733 reengravings include two new plates, Lycaon and Leucothoe, which are posted in due course below. As attested by the title of a 1769 reissue of Marolles' now-recaptioned original plates (= IV)*, Marolles' volume may be viewed as a quasi-Ovidian cycle of myth-illustrations in its own right; certainly the prints for the 1733 altered reissue are close cousins of Picart's engravings for the lavish Banier Ovid published 1732, and subjects from Marolles migrate into major Ovidian cycles as early as 1676 (see Notes-Links searching "Temple des Muses").[3]

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