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The Nymph Echo Changed into Sound, 1731 (engraving)

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The Nymph Echo Changed into Sound, 1731 (engraving)

STC134131 The Nymph Echo Changed into Sound, 1731 (engraving) by Picart, Bernard (1673-1733); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; French, out of copyright

Media ID 22781790

© The Stapleton Collection / Bridgeman Images

Cave Metamorphoses Metamorphosis Narcisse Narcissus Ovid Echoing Mythological Figure Pagan Paganism Pagans Polytheism Polytheist


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The Nymph Echo Changed into Sound, 1731

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is a captivating engraving that transports us to the realm of classical mythology. Created by Bernard Picart in the early 18th century, this print captures a pivotal moment from Ovid's Metamorphoses. In this scene, we witness the transformation of Echo, a nymph known for her enchanting voice. As she gazes longingly at Narcissus, who is fixated on his own reflection in a pool of water nearby, Echo undergoes an extraordinary metamorphosis. Her physical form dissolves into ethereal sound waves that reverberate through the landscape. Picart's meticulous attention to detail brings this mythological tale to life. The lushness of the surrounding landscape and the intricate depiction of Echo's transformation evoke a sense of wonder and awe. The cave where Echo resides adds an air of mystery and intrigue to the composition. This engraving not only showcases Picart's artistic skill but also serves as a reminder of humanity's fascination with ancient myths and legends. It invites us to explore themes such as love, obsession, and identity while immersing ourselves in the rich tapestry of pagan religion and polytheistic beliefs. As we gaze upon "The Nymph Echo Changed into Sound" we are transported back in time, becoming witnesses to an age-old story that continues to captivate our imagination today.

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