Fountain with Silenus in the Garden of the Cesi Palace near Rome

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1581

Artist:

Pieter Perret (Flemish, 1555–1639)
published by Claudio Duchetti

About this artwork

A pupil of Cornelis Cort, Pieter Perret traveled to Rome in the 1580s, where he engraved this view of the garden of the Cesi Palace. The curious fountain depicted here has as a base the celebrated neo-Attic Torlonia Vase, which is still preserved in Rome. An ancient statue of Silenus, one of the god Bacchus’s inebriated followers, was added to the vase after 1550; thus Perret’s print documents a case of a hybrid artwork made from ancient sculpture and adapted to suit Renaissance tastes. Silenus holds a wineskin, gruesomely interpreted by Perret as a decapitated torso of a woman, through which water is poured into the basin below.

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Artist

Pieter Perret

Title

Fountain with Silenus in the Garden of the Cesi Palace near Rome

Origin

Flanders

Date

1581

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

332 × 239 mm (image); 351 × 239 mm (plate); 541 × 425 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Fund

Reference Number

2014.128

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