Silenus, 1838

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Bequest of J. Jerome Hillexpand_more  73.42.2

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In Greek and Roman mythology, Silenus is the faithful friend and teacher or 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.

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Title
Silenus
Artist Life
1796–1875
Role
Artist
Accession Number
73.42.2
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