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Drunken Silenus (the "Tazza Farnese")

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

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1597

Artist:

Annibale Carracci
Italian, 1560-1609

About this artwork

Contemporary accounts described the slightly curved printing plate (Capodimonte Museum, Naples) for this Carracci engraving as an artwork and a vessel for drinking or serving wine: “More beautiful … is Silenos engraved on a silver salver for Cardinal Farnese.” A Roman gem from Farnese’s extensive collection likely supplied the image, while the plate’s shape mimicked ancient kylixes, such as this one (1889.118), which was incised with a delicate geometrical design while the clay was still wet. Greek black-glazed wares made of terracotta resembled more expensive metal counterparts, which might have been stamped and incised much like Carracci’s silver salver.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Annibale Carracci

Title

Drunken Silenus (the "Tazza Farnese")

Origin

Italy

Date

1592–1602

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

320 mm (image in diameter); 427 × 320 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Regenstein Collection

Reference Number

1989.172

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