Artefacts inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses
Ovid's Metamorphoses was one of the most popular literal works in the early modern history. The themes from the antique mythology written in readable and poetic form being funny, heroic or morally edifying served as an inexhaustible source for the donators/commissioners, the artists and the craftsmen. From the end of the fifteenth century this work had numerous illustrated editions but several separate engraving albums representing the Ovid's stories were published during the centuries of the early modern history. These wood and line engraving series were not only inspirations but often compositional models for the mythological scenes appearing on contemporary fine and applied art works.