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Satyr Family (Pan and his Family), from the Scherzi

Artist:
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)
Date:
ca. 1743–50
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
Sheet: 13 1/2 x 10 3/8 in. (34.3 x 26.3 cm) Image: 8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. (22.6 x 17.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, Dodge and Pfeiffer Funds, and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; and Gift of Bertina Suida Manning and Robert L. Manning, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.537(19)
Not on view
Tiepolo who was famed for his luminous frescoes populated by Olympian gods and allegorical figures, gave free reign to his fantasy in his print series the Scherzi, a number of which depict the nymphs and satyrs who were followers of Bacchus (the Greek Dionysos), god of wine. From the Renaissance on, satyrs are often indistinguishable from Pan—the goat-legged figure in ancient art—yet the seated figure here, with his horns and bristly crown, pipes in hand, could be intended as the woodland god.
Bertina Suida Manning; Robert Lee Manning; Donor: Joseph Pulitzer Bequest Donor: Bertina Suida Manning Donor: Robert Lee Manning
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 19, 2013–February 10, 2014.

DeV 22; Rizzi 52.13 i/ii
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