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Otto Henry Bacher : “Arachne” (c. 1884)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

Otto Henry Bacher was an American artist who spent much of his career in Europe, where he collaborated with fellow ex-patriates Frank Duveneck and James McNeill Whistler. He is best-known for his etchings. In this fantastic and unusual print, he depicts Arachne, the gifted weaver of classical mythology who dared to challenge Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts. As the contest unfolds in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Athena weaves a tapestry representing four separate episodes in which mortals have been punished for setting themselves as equals to the gods, but Arachne surpasses it with one that recalls the ways in which the gods have misled and abused mortals. Enraged, Athena tears it to pieces. Arachne despairs and hangs herself, but is transformed into a spider, the rope becoming her web.

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