Charting Ovid's Mythology

Carte pour conduire à l’intelligence de la Fable et server de secours à la connaissance de l’histoire, avec des explications et des instructions pour en comprendre le sens moral (Charts to help understand the Fable’s meaning and to help comprehend the History, with explanations and instructions to understand the moral direction), [1700s]. Etching with hand coloring. Graphic Arts GA2010- in process

One sheet with fifty-two cards or vignettes illustrating and explaining the mythological narratives of Ovid. Each card has a short commentary, with a cumulative index and descriptions at the bottom of the page. Unlike some game prints, this sheet was not meant to be cut apart but to be used and studied as a single chart.

The characters come from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, such as Ocyroé or Ocyrhoe on the left, who was a daughter of Chiron and Chariclo. Apollo turned her into a horse because she was an excellent prophetess (Book 2, part 3).

For a longer illustrated view of Metamorphoses, see:
Ovid (43 B.C.E.-17 or 18 A.D.E.), Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Fifteen Books. Translated into English verse under the direction of Sir Samuel Garth by John Dryden [and others] (Verona: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club at the Officina Bodoni, 1958). Copy 1371 of 1500. The etchings were made for this edition by Hans Erni. Graphic Arts Collection (GAX) Z232.O33 O94 1958