Peintures de Polygnote à Delphes dessinées et gravées d’après la description de Pausanias par F. & I. Riepenhausen
Rome, [Filippo & Nicola de Romanis], 1826-1827; 1829
A set of engravings recreating an image of legendary beauty, the lost Polygnotan paintings in the Cnidian Treasury at Delphi. The reconstruction is based on the second-century description of the paintings given by Pausanias (Periegesis, X, 25-31) and the prints are executed in the Flaxmanesque outline style then deemed appropriate to a serious archaeological endeavour. The twenty plates of the first part imagine Odysseus's Descent to the Underworld (left wall); the eighteen plates of the second part depict the Sack of Troy (right wall).