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The Goddess Hebe, is shown here holding a cup in her left hand. Hebe was the divine daughter of Zeus and Hera and the Goddess of Eternal Youth. One of her most important roles was cup-bearer to the gods and on Mount Olympus she would serve the ambrosia and nectar to the other gods. 


The Artist: Giovanni Battista Cipriani. 


The Engraver: Francesco Bartolozzi.

Bartolozzi, the son of a goldsmith, studied painting in Florence, trained as an engraver in Venice and began his career in Rome. In 1763 Richard Dalton, art dealer and librarian to George III, met him and invited him to London, promising him a post as engraver to the king. Bartolozzi moved to London the following year, and remained for thirty-five years. He executed numerous engravings for the king. He also made many engravings of paintings by Italian masters and by his friend, the painter Giovanni Cipriani.


The technique is intaglio as the stippled dots on the printing plate are etched. The colours are applied not after printing as in many coloured prints, but before printing. Balls of rag containing the colours are applied onto the plate (known as à la poupée - with a doll literally translated).  To simulate Holbein’s flesh-coloured paper, Bartolozzi has matched the colour of Holbein’s paper with the colour of the paper chosen for the portraits.


In 1768 Bartolozzi was the only engraver to become a founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He moved to Lisbon in 1802 as director of the National Academy.Bartolozzi perfected the art of stipple engraving, and was a foundation member of Royal Academy in London in 1768.


Hebe, Giovanni Battista Cipriani - Framed Antique Print

SKU: 1184
  • Image Number: 1184
    Title: Hebe
    Artist: Giovanni Battista Cipriani
    Engraver: Francesco Bartolozzi
    Medium: Stipple Engraving

    Date: 1782


    Framed size (h x w): 347 x 297mm

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