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Mercury kills Argus, who is represented with his body covered with eyes.

Image ID: 1624645

Mercury kills Argus, who is represented with his body covered with eyes. (1844-1861)

Image Details

Image Title

:  Mercury kills Argus, who is represented with his body covered with eyes.

Creator(s)

: Fourquemin, fl. 1835-1853 -- Lithographer
Housselin, Alexis Louis Pierre -- Engraver

Published Date

: 1844-1861

Medium

: Lithographs

Specific Material Type

: prints

Item Physical Description

: 1 print : b&w ; 34 x 49.5 cm.

Notes

: Light foxing scattered over image. Written below picture: "Mercury kills Argus who is represented with his body covered with eyes. His savage air and heavy beard is characteristic of the guardian of Io transformed into a heifer. He has wounds on his head and breast. Panoptes crowned with laurel or myrtle holds a staff or crutch and shows his displeasure of [sic] the killing. Panoptes is the surname of Argus and means all-seeing from his ....
[See More...] Note 2.) Argus was appointed by Hera, queen of the gods, to be the guardian of Io, a lover whom Zeus had turned into a cow to protect her from his wife's wrath. Zeus sent Mercury (Hermes to the Greeks) to slay Argus to set Io free. He did this by playing his magic pipes to put all of Argus' eyes to sleep, then used a sword to cut off his head.

Original Source

: From Elite des monuments céramographiques : matériaux pour l'histoire des religions et des moeurs de l'antiquité. (Paris : Leleux, 1844-1861) Lenormant, Charles (1802-1859), Author.

Source

: Wonders: Images of the Ancient World / Mythology -- A

Source Description

: 1 folder (3 pictures) ; 1 oversize folder (2 pictures)

Location

: Mid-Manhattan Library / Picture Collection

Catalog Call Number

: PC-WON OX MYT-A

Digital ID

: 1624645

Record ID

: 1763245

Digital Item Published

: 5-28-2008; updated 3-25-2011

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