Bacchanal with Silenus, early 1470s


Bequest of Herschel V. Jonesexpand_more  P.68.208

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Silenus, the plump companion of the wine god Bacchus, is carried by two satyrs and receives a grapevine crown from a third. The musicians seem eager to lead the procession, but things don't seem to be going too smoothly. The image recalls the format of ancient Roman sarcophagi, but since no direct antecedent has been discovered, Andrea Mantegna seems to have fully imbibed the lessons of antiquity and reformulated them into entirely original conceptions.

Bacchanal with Silenus
Artist Life
(Padua), 1430/31–1506
Accession Number
Colnaghi; Knoedler & Co., 1925
Catalogue Raisonne
H.3 (Hind V 12.3); B.20; "Andrea Mantegna" 1992 exh., cat. no. 75
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