Jaspar Isaac (1585-1654) etching Ovid Mythology Ocyrhoe transformed Centaur
Ocyrhoe was transformed into a horse because she told her father Chiron his exact fate. She revealed that he would forsake his immortality to be spared the agonizing pain of a serpent’s poison. For this transgression, Ocyrhoe's ability to speak was taken. One might assume that she turned into a horse because her father was a centaur, and because she had long, auburn hair.
Fine and rare engraving by Jaspar Isaac for the series Les Metamorphoses d'Ovide, Divisées en XV Livres
Paris,chez Antoine de Sommaville,1660.
12.2 x 13 cm. Text to verso.
Jaspar Isaac (Antwerp, 1585? - Paris, May 23, 1654) was a French engraver and print dealer of Flemish origin
Originally from Flanders like Melchior Tavernier, he was the brother-in-law of Thomas de Leu. One of his daughters, Marguerite, married the Reims engraver Nicolas Regnesson in his presence in June 1649.