1655 Francis CLEYN (1582-1658); Virgil - The Council of War - Folio - Mythology
Superb Master Engraving by Francis Cleyn issued for Ogilby’s
Publii Virgilii Maronis opera per Johannem Ogilvium edita et sculpturis aeneis adornata
Trimmed to outside plate mark. 30,2 x 20,3 cm
Engravings for this series constitute Francis Cleyn’s most important contribution to book illustration.
“The illustrations are remarkable for their attentiveness to the narrative and descriptive details, yet it would be a mistake to regard Cleyn as a bland imitator of Vergil or an artist lacking in creativity and originality… He is both a skilled craftsman and, at his best, a subtle and insightful interpreter of Vergil… Cleyn’s rigorous attention to detail stems less from a pedantic desire to transform word into image than from a deliberate attempt to serve a particular 17th-century aesthetic— one that that favors ornateness and an intricacy of design within a tightly compressed visual space… He had a habit of bringing together several separate, though related, narrative moments in a single image” (David J. Califf).