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Paradise Lost: Book III

  • Object:

    Illustration

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably before his move to Edinburgh., made)

  • Date:

    1687-88 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Baptist de Medina, born 1659 - died 1710 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    drawn with a pen and bistre, washed in with Indian ink; the borders painted in distemper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.549

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case DG30

Physical description

Illustration combining three elements from Book III of Paradise Lost; 1) Surrounded by angels with harps and a crucifix, God observes Satan's journey to the newly created World; 2) Satan, in the guise of an angel, undertakes the 'Passage to the Orb of the Sun'; 3) Satan descends onto Mount Niphates; A band of astrological symbols is visible in the sky; The image enclosed by an ornamental frame on brickwork; Drawn with a pen and bistre, and washed in with Indian ink.

Place of Origin

London (probably before his move to Edinburgh., made)

Date

1687-88 (drawn)

Artist/maker

John Baptist de Medina, born 1659 - died 1710 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

drawn with a pen and bistre, washed in with Indian ink; the borders painted in distemper

Dimensions

Height: 17 in full size with border, Width: 11.1 in full size with border, Height: 11.8 in the design, Width: 7.3 in the design

Object history note

Illustration designed for Book III of the fourth edition, folio, 1688, of Milton's 'Paradise Lost', which was the first published with plates.

This is one of a set of eight illustrations by John Baptist de Medina. There are four other plates in the volume which were not designed by Medina. The one for book IV was by Bernard Lens, senior, and that for book XII was by Dr. Aldrich. The remaining two have no designer’s name.

Descriptive line

Medina, John Baptist de; Illustration for Book III of 'Paradise Lost'; God observes Satan's journey to the newly created World; Satan undertakes the 'Passage to the Orb of the Sun'; Satan descends onto Mount Niphates; Drawn with a pen and bistre, and washed in with Indian ink; ca. 1688.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.

Production Note

The borders painted in distemper by Pellegrino to imitate a rusticated wall with an ornamental frame.

Materials

Pen; Indian ink; Bistre; Distemper

Techniques

Drawing (image-making); Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Angels; Brickwork; Crucifix; Frame; Clouds; Harps; Astrology

Categories

Illustration; Drawings; Scotland

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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