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A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.




Giulio Carpioni
Italian, 1613-1678

About this artwork

The 18th-century author P. A. Orlandi once described Carpioni’s mythological etchings as “perfect conceptions, such as dreams, sacrifices, bacchanals, triumphs, dances of ‘putti,’ the most attractive caprices and fantasies that a painter, inclined to work on a small scale, has ever conceived.” This bacchanal of dwarf-like humans and shaggy satyr youths becomes more enigmatic with the addition of the figures at right. The naked man lounges in the pose of a statue of a river god, but his placement before an ancient altar relief, with a glimpse of a covered basket, implies that one of the ritual mysteries is taking place in conjunction with the wine consumption.


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Giulio Carpioni




Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1633–1678


Etching on ivory laid paper


12.3 × 40.6 cm (4 7/8 × 16 in.)

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The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

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