Achilles at the Court of Lycomedes by Cornelis Visscher
Achilles at the Court of Lycomedes by Cornelis Visscher

Achilles at the Court of Lycomedes

Achilles at the Court of Lycomedes by Dutch Golden Age Engraver Cornelis Visscher (1629 – 1662), after a painting by Flemish Painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640)

This engraving depicts the Greek Mythological tale of Lycomedes and Achilles; in which at the request of the nymph Thetis, Lycomedes conceals Achilles in a female disguise among his daughters; so that Achilles would not die at Troy as prophesied, and is discovered among the daughters.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

The Below Information Is Derived From Wikipedia.org and Art.famsf.org

Cornelis was the eldest of three brothers Jan de Visscher (1636 – 1692-12) an engraver and painter, and Lambert Visscher (1633 – 1690) a printmaker.

Cornelis himself was an engraver and a draftsman and was best known for his portrait prints, that were often a combination of engraving and etching, while is drawings were mostly done with black chalk.

He is believed to have been the student of Haarlem, Nertherlands painter and etcher Pieter Claesz. Soutman (1580 – 1657) and began his career as an engraver in 1649; engraving a series of historical portraits based on the designs of Soutman.

Though Cornelis career was a short one, lasting 10 years; as he died at the age of 29, he created a large body of work of nearly 200 prints and dozens of drawings.

He was a versatile artist, not only producing portraits, but genre scenes, landscapes, animal studies, biblical and historical scenes as well; both from his own designs and the artwork of contemporary masters of the time and old masters.

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