Silenus, 1838

Oil on canvasexpand_more

Bequest of J. Jerome Hillexpand_more  73.42.2

In Greek and Roman mythology, Silenus is the faithful friend and teacher of the wine god Dionysus. On Corot's canvas, he is the butt of a joke, awakening from his drunken stupor to find that his fellow revelers have tied him up with his own garlands and painted his face red with mulberries. A good sport, he joins in the laughter and all is forgiven.

The picture is an excellent example of "historical landscape painting," a genre popularized by Nicholas Poussin, a French artist from the 1600s, in which mythological or Biblical scenes play out in idyllic settings.



Corot, Silenus (#037)
Artist Life
1796 - 1875
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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