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Satyr Trying to Wake Silenus with a Grapevine

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

c. 1540

Artist:

Giorgio Ghisi
Italian, 1520-1582

About this artwork

The dangers of overindulging become comically clear in Giorgio Ghisi’s lively engraving. Silenus—Bacchus’s lustful, frequently inebriated companion—appears in a wine-induced stupor, empty pitcher in hand. The attendant teasingly trying to wake Silenus with a bunch of grapes (instead of more wine) may be a reference to the hangover relief now known as the hair of the dog, or in this case, the hair of the goat. Ghisi made this print in a shallow bas-relief style after a drawing by Giulio Romano, adding the grape arbor and background shadows.

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Artist

Giorgio Ghisi

Title

Satyr Trying to Wake Silenus with a Grapevine

Origin

Italy

Date

1535–1545

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

202 × 310 mm (plate); 215 × 315 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Joseph Brooks Fair Fund

Reference Number

1973.164

Extended information about this artwork

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