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Hesiod Admonishing Perses

John Flaxman (English, 1755-1826) Blake, William, Engraver (English, 1757-1827)


Following up on the great success of his illustrations to Homer, Flaxman was encouraged to illustrate, in a similar manner, the two texts of Hesiod, Works and Days and Theogony.  These texts contain the most ancient literary descriptions of the origins of the Greek gods and the descent of man.  Works and Days is fashioned as a dialogue between Hesiod and his young brother Perses.

Object Information

artist
John Flaxman (English, 1755-1826)
engraver
Blake, William (English, 1757-1827)
creation date
1816-1817
materials
engraving on paper
accession number
34.29C
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors