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Vulcan (Hephaestus), at the request of Venus (Aphrodite) makes armour for Aeneas; representing the element fire. Engraving by L. Desplaces, 1717, after Louis de Boullogne the younger.

  • Boulogne, Louis, 1654-1733.
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Left, Venus, seated on a cloud with Cupid, having descended from her chariot. Right, Vulcan, seated at a metal-vice, hammers out a shield. Right background, the Cyclopes, with an eye in their foreheads, draw molten metal from a furnace and prepare to hammer it on an anvil


Paris (rue de la Jussienne) : chez Desplaces, [1717?]

Physical description

1 print : line engraving, with etching ; image 40.9 x 53 cm


Ignis ... Le feu. ... Lud. de Boullongne inv. et pinxit. L. Desplaces sculp.t 1717.

References note

Marcel Roux, Inventaire du fonds français, graveurs du XVIIIe siècle, Bibliothèque nationale, Département des estampes, Paris 1951, tome VII, p. 93, no. 76

Lettering note

The lettering is repeated in French


Wellcome Library no. 2855993i


  • Latin
  • French

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