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Fr. Perrier le Bourgignon (1590-1650) - Master Engraving - FAUN Faunus in Rome - Mythology

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'Faunus tibiam inflans in Hortis Burghesianis.' - Statue of Faunus in Rome, playing the flute. In ancient Roman religion and myth, Faunus was the horned god of the forest, plains and fields; when he made cattle fertile he was called Inuus. He came to be equated in literature with the Greek god Pan.

Copper engraving, 1652 (Second State).

Leaf: 31 x 18.6 cm

Monogrammed in the plate FPB 

François Perrier (1590–1650) was a French painter, draftsman, and printmaker. Perrier was instrumental in introducing into France the grand style of the decorative painters of the Roman Baroque. He is also remembered for his two collections of prints after antique sculptures, the Segmenta nobilium signorum et statuarum quae temporis dentem invidium evasere (Paris, 1638), and Icones et segmenta...quae Romae adhuc extant (Paris, 1645). These prints provided visual repertories of classical models for generations of European artists and connoisseurs. In 1648, Perrier was one of the founders of the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture and was elected as one of the original twelve elders in charge of its running.