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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.




Jean Honoré Fragonard
French, 1732-1806

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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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Jean Honoré Fragonard


Satyrs Dancing from Bacchanales, or Satyrs' Games


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching on ivory laid paper


Image: 13.2 × 20.3 cm (5 1/4 × 8 in.); Plate: 14.3 × 20.9 cm (5 11/16 × 8 1/4 in.)

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Gift of the Print and Drawing Club

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