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Drunken Silenus holding a cup aloft into which a Satyr pours wine

Artist:
Jusepe de Ribera (called Lo Spagnoletto) (Spanish, Játiva 1591–1652 Naples)
Date:
1628
Medium:
Etching with drypoint, engraving, and burnishing
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 11/16 in. × 14 in. (27.2 × 35.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.67.14
Not on view
Ribera's etchings helped him to establish a reputation far beyond Naples, where he lived for most of his life. This etching is often considered his greatest. It relates to a painting he had produced two years earlier now in the Capodimonte Museum in Naples. Occupying the foreground Silenus is crowned by Pan, who is identified by his leopard skin cloak and pan pipes and staff at his feet. Silenus raises his cup to accept another drink of wine. His action is humorously echoed by the two infants at right engaged in similar activities, one of which has passed out. The braying donkey at right adds to the hilarity of the composition. For his composition, Ribera drew inspiration from the prints of other artists, including Mantegna's pair of Bacchanals (29.44.15) and Annibale Carracci's Drunken Silenus (27.78.1.150).
Inscription: Lettered at lower right 'Joseph, á Ribera Hisp.s Valenti / Setaben f. Partenope / 1628
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 14, 1997–July 20, 1997.

B. XX.84.13; Brown 1973, no.14 i/iii
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803.

Jonathan Brown Jusepe de Ribera: Prints and Drawings Exh. cat., Princeton, Princeton University, The Art Museum and Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum, 1973-74. Princeton, 1973.



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