Grotesque Ornament, late 16th century



Anonymous Giftexpand_more  P.84.71.54

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The grotesque fascinates, wrote one art historian, because it depicts a realm in which the boundaries separating humans, animals, and plants are subverted. This Bacchanalian print depicts such a world, where a satyr spews drink, torsos sprout from grapes, goats serve as drapery holdbacks, and bald-headed felines cast a sinister gaze outward.

Grotesque Ornament
Artist Life
active 1594 - 1614
Accession Number
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