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Satyrs Dancing from Bacchanales, or Satyrs' Games

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1763

Artist:

Jean Honoré Fragonard
French, 1732-1806

About this artwork

Fragonard may have copied the relief within his Satyrs Dancing from an ancient bacchic sarcophagus. The swaying nymph holds a noise-making rattle, and the artist implies that, however improbably, this sculptural figure has deposited her pinecone-topped thyrsos outside the frame. It leans at a jaunty angle in the bacchic vessel at left, which is decorated with a smirking face and grapevine crown. The thyrsos was one of the wine god Dionysos’s main attributes. These figures could well all be part of the bacchic entourage, including the nymph’s satyr spouse and three children.

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Artist

Jean Honoré Fragonard

Title

Satyrs Dancing from Bacchanales, or Satyrs' Games

Origin

France

Date

1763

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

132 × 203 mm (image); 143 × 209 mm (plate)

Credit Line

Gift of the Print and Drawing Club

Reference Number

1926.453

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