Mythological Engraving “Hercules au repos” – Michel Dorigny, 1638

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Mythological engraving representing Hercules resting after having completed his twelve labours, a lion skin partially covering his lower body. Below him at his feet, several people surround him with gestures of adoration. Based on an oil painting by Simon Vouet “pinxit”. Simon Vouet was named King Louis XIII’s court painter, and Michel Dorigny was his official engraver.

Michel Dorigny (1617, Saint-Quentin – 1665, Paris) was a French painter and engraver. He was the student and son-in-law of Simon Vouet and joined his workshop at the latest in 1638. Several paintings have been attributed to Dorigny and are on display in major museums such as the Louvre, as have a number of ceiling paintings. He also engraved most of Simon Vouet’s works with astounding precision, although many of these have been lost over time.


Artist: Simon Vouet, illustrator/painter; Michel Dorigny, engraver.

Medium: Copper etching.

Condition: Very good condition.

Dimensions: 30 x 43 cm. / 12 x 17 in.

Frame: Sold without frame.

Provenance: Private Collection Spain.