Satyr Family (Pan and his Family), from the Scherzi
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)
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)
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
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.