Author: Dido of Carthage


Joseph François Ducq, 1762-1829

The dream of Daphnis in which the Nymphs foretell the safe return of Chloe, 1824, oil on canvas, 98×130,8 cm

Private Collection (Sotheby’s)


Monoceros, Canis Major and Canis Minor constellations, from A Celestial Atlas (1822) by Alexander Jamieson


These two oversize bookplates were found in the same volume. They belong to two bearers of the title of Earl Ferrers, a peerage created in 1711.

Images from: Richard Blackmore’s Prince Arthur. An heroick poem. In ten books… London : printed for Awnsham and John Churchil at the black Swan in Pater-Noster-Row, 1695.

Call Number: PR3318 .B5 P7 1695

Catalog record:


Jean-Baptiste Deshays (1729-1769) Seated Satyr Leaning Backward


Jean-Baptiste-Henri Deshays, 1729-1765

The Abduction of Helen, ca.1761, oil on canvas, 54×87 cm

The Young Legion of Honor              Inv. 54.4


Jacob Ferdinand Voet, Portrait of Hortense Mancini, duchesse de Mazarin, as Aphrodite, ca. 1675


Hortense Mancini as Cleopatra VII.

It depicts the, now largely though to be fictional, incident where Cleopatra
is said to have dissolved a large pearl earring in a glass of wine and
proceeded to drink it to impress Antony with her extravagance.


Briseis Given Back to Achilles, Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640), 1630–1631

Oil on oak panel

This small panel is part of a series of eight oil sketches made for a group of tapestries depicting the story of Achilles, one of the heroes of the Greek epic poem the Illiad.

During the Greeks’ campaign against Troy, Achilles had been awarded the lovely Briseis as part of his share of the booty. When the expedition leader Agamemnon took her for himself, Achilles refused to participate in any further battles. He reconsidered, however, after his best friend Patroclus was killed and Agamemnon restored Briseis untouched to him.

Detroit Institute of Arts


The Victory of Truth over Heresy, Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640), ca. 1625

Oil on panel


Fall of the Damned (1614-25). Studio of Peter Paul Rubens. The British Museum, London