Bacchus and Drunken Silenus—The Dream of Silenus

A work made of etching and engraving in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and engraving in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1635/40

Artist:

Frans van den Wyngaerde (Flemish, 1614-1679)
after Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640)

About this artwork

This etching after a Rubens painting of 1610/15 (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna) boasts an opulent display of half-filled and drained drinking vessels, a passed-out Silenos and an unfazed Dionysos, who continues sipping from the basin into which his attendant is squeezing grapes. The drunken scene suggests a Greek symposium, despite the outdoor setting and lack of couches. Fascinated by antiquity, Rubens built a Pantheon-like museum complete with an oculus at his Antwerp home. It housed 90 ancient sculptures, including several satyr heads and torsos, which he acquired en masse in 1618 in trade for paintings and tapestries.

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Artist

Frans van den Wyngaerde

Title

Bacchus and Drunken Silenus—The Dream of Silenus

Origin

Flanders

Date

1635–1640

Medium

Etching and engraving in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

326 × 429 mm (image); 346 × 440 mm (plate); 422 × 532 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Restricted Gift of Thomas Baron in honor of Dr. Joel Heller and Mark Belokon

Reference Number

2014.131

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