Engraving, Ganymedes – Mars by Marco Carloni


Engraving on handmade paper from Gannymedes and Mars by Marco Carloni, Made around 1775. The engraving consists of 2 parts, each 13 x 12 cm in size. Apart from small acid spots, the engraving is in excellent condition. (see picture)

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Marco Carloni was an Italian writer and engraver. He was born in Rome on February 7, 1742 and also died in Rome in the year 1796.

In Greek mythology, Ganymedes is a divine hero whose homeland was Troy. Homer describes Ganymede as the most beautiful of mortals, and in one version of the myth, Zeus falls in love with his beauty and abducts him in the form of an eagle to serve as a cup-bearer in Olympus.

As can be read in Homer, Ilias Book XX, lines 233-235.

[Ganymedes] was the most beautiful born of the mortal race, and therefore

The gods took him to himself, to be Zeus’ wine pourer,

because of his beauty, he can be one of the immortals.

The myth was a model for the Greek social habit of paiderastía, the socially acceptable romantic relationship between an adult man and an adolescent man.

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Mars was the Roman god of war, but also had some fertility functions. He was known by all Italian peoples.

He was the son of Juno (the queen of the gods) and Jupiter, the father of the gods (or of Juno alone, impregnated with the help of a magic flower). Originally he was primarily the god of fertility and the protector of cattle, but later he merged with the Greek god Ares and was primarily associated with struggle, death and war. His Etruscan equivalent is Laran. Mars is the most revered god of the Roman Empire, probably because his sons (Romulus and Remus) are seen as the founders of Rome.

The month of March and the planet Mars are named after this god.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_(mythologie)