The procession of Silenus who is carried on an ass preceeded by a bacchant playing the cymbals and other figures

Artist: Agostino Veneziano (Agostino dei Musi) (Italian, Venice ca. 1490–after 1536 Rome)

Artist: Designed by Giulio Romano (Italian, Rome 1499?–1546 Mantua)

Artist: or Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome)

Date: ca. 1531

Medium: Engraving

Dimensions: 7 5/16 x 10 3/16 in. (18.5 x 25.9 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949

Accession Number: 49.97.82


Veneziano had arrived in Rome by 1516 and begun to work with Marcantonio Raimondi and Marco Dente da Ravenna, engraving the drawings of Raphael and his students. This print is probably based on a design by Raphael or Giulio Romano. Most of the figures in the composition—including the drunken Silenus, the dancing Pan, and the maenad —are free adaptations from an ancient Roman sarcophagus that during the sixteenth century was in the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.