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Corydon and Sylvia

A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.




Attributed to Jacob Matham (Dutch, 1571-1631)
after Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558-1617)

About this artwork

Corydon is the embodiment of the pastoral shepherd, with fabled love affairs with members of both sexes to his credit, appearing in the Roman poet Virgil’s Eclogues and other works. He appears here with one of his many paramours, and his lascivious intentions are made evident by his homely face, his firm grasp of his panpipes, and the expression of his anthropomorphic dog. The shepherdess Silvia does not always return his affection; though here she seems struck with Cupid’s dart and fondles Coroydon’s knee, a print after Jacob Jordaens from later in the century shows her demurely spurning his advances.


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Prints and Drawings


Jacob Matham


Corydon and Sylvia


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1596–1616


Engraving on cream laid paper


Image: 47.7 × 34.3 cm (18 13/16 × 13 9/16 in.); Sheet: 48 × 34.9 cm (18 15/16 × 13 3/4 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Harry L. Calvin

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