Solis, Virgil

German, (1514-1562)

  • Virgil Solis - The Home of Circe
  • Chez CircĂ©

  • [The Home of Circe]
  • (1563), wood envgraving
  • illustration from:
    Ovid. Metamorphoses. Frankfurt edition, (1563).
    and
    NicholausReusner. Emblemata. Frankfurt edition, (1581).
  • Editor’s Note:

    This image was copied by Solis from Salomon, Bernard 1557 engraving for the 1557 edition of Metamorphoses produced in Lyon.

About the Artist

Virgil Solis (1514-1562) was a German wood engraver and prolific print maker and some records exist that suggest he was also a painter, but no actual evidence of that career exists.

Solis produced popular, commercially successful prints on many subjects and regularly borrowed figures and compositions from German and Italian masters. He also disseminated contemporary ornamental forms to artisans, who often used his prints as models for furniture decoration, architectural friezes, pitchers, bowls, sword scabbards, and jewelry. [DES-01/11]

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