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Mercury Killing Argus (from a series illustrating Ovid's Metamorphoses)

Inscription

in plate, lower margin, left: Eripit e viuis blando sociata sopori/Custodem Inachie mors inopina bouis.; right: Hoc opus ingens decus est Cyllenidos Harpes,/Junonem Maia fallere nate potes.; lower left: 39.

Signed

not signed

Marks

no watermark; verso, purple MFA Babcock Bequest stamp, with accession number in ink: 1725

Provenance

1900, bequest of William P. Babcok (1826-1899, Boston and Paris)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock

about 1589

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 049 (engravings after designs by Goltzius)

Accession Number

B1725

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