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

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Italian

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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.

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

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