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Landscape with Pan Playing a Flute

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
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Johann Christian Reinhart
German, 1761-1847

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Enamored with landscapes like many other German Romantic artists, Reinhart worked exclusively in that genre, often including vignettes of mythological figures in his prints and drawings. Although Reinhart sometimes showed contemporary people playing music and communing with nature rather than gods, here Pan is identified by his cloven hoofs and shaggy legs. Reinhart documented some of his sketches as depicting specific locations around Rome, but this place is intentionally unidentified. Pan’s quiet moment under the broken trunk of a massive tree epitomizes both the idea of a fantastic Arcadian wilderness as well as the fragility of that dream.


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Prints and Drawings


Johann Christian Reinhart


Landscape with Pan Playing a Flute


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching on ivory laid paper


Image: 19.4 × 27.7 cm (7 11/16 × 10 15/16 in.); Plate: 20.6 × 28.7 cm (8 1/8 × 11 5/16 in.); Sheet: 37.5 × 50.1 cm (14 13/16 × 19 3/4 in.)

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Suzanne Lord Folds Endowment

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