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Hephaistos

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Leonard Baskin, Hephaistos, 1963, etching on Fabriano paper, Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund, © The Estate of Leonard Baskin; Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York, 63.9

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Title

Hephaistos

Artist

Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000)

Date

1963

Medium

etching on Fabriano paper

Edition

XXIII/LX

Catalogue Raisonné

Fern 448

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 17 9/16 in x 14 3/4 in; plate: 17 9/16 in x 14 7/8 in; sheet: 26 1/4 in x 20 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: in pencil lower right: Baskin; in pencil lower left XVII/1X

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund

Accession Number

63.9

Copyright

© The Estate of Leonard Baskin; Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York

Terms

etching

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

Vulcan

Description

Hephaistos (whom the Romans knew as Vulcan) was the Greek god of the smith and was often depicted working at his fiery forge. He was married to the unfaithful Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who consorted with Ares. Hephaistos, resolved to catch the guilty lovers, forged a fine net that would capture them in bed. His plan succeeded, but the other Olympian gods, rather than taking his side, merely laughed at him.

Leonard Baskin presents Hephaistos not as the swarthy, muscular blacksmith more common in visual arts, but as a forlorn figure holding flowers, perhaps in an attempt to win back the love of fickle Aphrodite.

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