Bacchanal with Silenus

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

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  • A work made of engraving, on paper.

Date:

1475/80

Artist:

Andrea Mantegna
Italian, 1431-1506

About this artwork

Andrea Mantegna’s adoption of ancient Roman motifs contributed to their prominence during the Italian Renaissance, especially when translated into widely circulating and frequently copied engravings. Mantegna’s oblong bacchanalian subjects particularly extol the wonders of the god of wine as well as the excesses of his entourage. Indeed, in this print of a procession-like grouping of figures, Dionysos’s portly, inebriated sidekick Silenos receives mock preferential treatment as he is lifted by satyrs and crowned with grapevines. The drunken satyrs, nymphs, and humans sing, make music, and grapple with unwieldy flesh as they cross a pool of wine and press on through the vineyard.

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Artist

Andrea Mantegna

Title

Bacchanal with Silenus

Origin

Italy

Date

1475–1480

Medium

Engraving, on paper

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1010

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