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Drunken Silenus

1650s
17th century
20.2 cm x 26.9 cm (7 15/16 in. x 10 9/16 in.)

Johann Christoph Storer (1620 - 1671) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, German
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.980

Drunken Silenus is Storer's most developed original print and one of the few conventional etchings in 17th-century Lombardy. The principal character, the aging, corpulent human in Bacchus’s entourage, is propped upon the god’s leopard, plied with drink, and mocked with a crown of grape leaves. The general composition and certain motifs recall Ribera’s grand etching of the same subject. But the arbitrary rhythms, the ominous atmosphere, and the distorted forms, together conveying intense but unspecific feeling, pertain to Lombard painting of the period

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