Nymph Riding on a Satyr's Back, from Bacchanales, or Satyrs' Games

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
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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

This set of four etchings may refer to ancient bas-reliefs Fragonard saw while visiting Rome with an important antiquarian, the Abbé de Saint Non (see 1926.453–55). Indeed, the artist’s design for Nymph Riding on a Satyr’s Back directly derives from a sculpture (now lost) that he saw in the Villa Mattei. The size of the paired oval and rectangular reliefs—one or more of which might derive from ancient engraved cameos instead of large-scale sculptures—remains ambiguous, although hidden objects in the surrounding foliage suggest a large scale. Regardless of their source, the popularity of Fragonard’s printed reliefs reflected the taste for Neoclassicism in France at this time.

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Artist

Jean Honoré Fragonard

Title

Nymph Riding on a Satyr's Back, from Bacchanales, or Satyrs' Games

Origin

France

Date

1763

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

135 × 203 mm (image); 145 × 210 mm (plate); 147 × 210 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Print and Drawing Club

Reference Number

1926.456

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