Satyr and Nymph, 17th century



Anonymous Giftexpand_more  58.21

A mostly nude nymph slumbers against a rock, while a half-man, half-goat Satyr reaches toward her. What are his intentions, and what happens next' In Renaissance and Baroque symbolism, the female figure often stands for the human soul, whereas the male—especially when characterized by a Satyr or other hybrid animal—symbolizes the bodily forces of hunger, thirst, and sexual lust. This sculpture presents a pivotal, open-ended moment, and the viewer is left to imagine what follows. In the 1600s, this kind of artwork was used as a conversation piece that prompted intellectuals to ponder the meaning and the conclusion of the scene.

Satyr and Nymph
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