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The Satyr Family

Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471 - 1528

Geography:
Made in Germany, Europe

Date:
1505

Medium:
Engraving

Dimensions:
Sheet: 4 9/16 x 2 13/16 inches (11.6 x 7.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1928-42-1229

Credit Line:
The Charles M. Lea Collection, 1928

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As the models provided by classical sculpture were absorbed by artists in northern Europe, the myths of ancient Rome became increasingly popular as subjects. Within a year of his Adam and Eve, Dürer engraved this antique family composed of a woodland nymph and her satyr mate, part man, part goat. Debauched servants of Bacchus, the god of wine, satyrs symbolized man's animal passions. Though they are usually shown chasing nymphs with wild abandon, Dürer has chosen a moment of tranquil domesticity.

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