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Title(s):

Drunken Silenus Silenus at the wine vat

Maker:

Ribera, Jusepe de (lo Spagnoletto); printmaker; Italian artist, 1590-1652

Category:

print

Name:

print

Date:

1628

School/Style:

Spanish

Production
Note:

I/III.

Technique(s):

etching
engraving; touches (?)

Material(s):

black carbon ink; medium
laid paper; support

Dimension(s):

height, plate, 275, mm
width, plate, 354, mm
height, sheet, 275, mm
width, sheet, 354, mm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1816; Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount

Notes:

Ribera's final masterpiece in printmaking, this is a variant of the composition of a painting made two years earlier (in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples), which in turn was inspired by an engraving by Annibale Carracci of the same subject. Silenus, son of Pan, was a corpulent agricultural divinity who raised Bacchus from childhood and led his triumphal processions on a braying donkey. As in the painting, Pan is shown crowning Silenus with ivy, but Ribera changed some iconographic details: replacing Pan's tortoise with his pipes, introducing two putti and opening out the landscape on the right. The popularity of the print is demonstrated by its reappearance in two later editions bearing the inscriptions of two Roman publishers, Giovanni Orlandi and Giovanni Rossi (the second dated 1649). Ribera's signature records the Latin names of the country, province, and town of his birth-Hispanus (Spain), Valenti (Valencia), Setaben (Játiva)-and the Greek name of the place where the print was made, Partenope (Naples).

Inscription(s):

signature; image lower right; printed; Joseph a Ribera Hisps. Valentis. / Setaben. f. Partenope
date; image lower right; printed; 1628
inscription; verso; graphite; y y middl; Viscount Fitzwilliam's mounting instructions
inscription; verso; brown ink; lire / 03; price (?)
inscription; verso; graphite; 32
inscription; verso; graphite; 119; crossed through

Alternative
Number(s):

Bartsch; 13 I/II
Illustrated Bartsch; 13 I/II
Brown (Ribera); 14 I/III

Exhibition(s):

From Polidoro to Salvator Rosa: Drawings and Prints from Naples. 1998-09-22 - 1998-12-23
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)

Lord Fitzwilliam's print albums. 1994-05-17 - 1994-09-18
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)

Related Object:

31.K.12; Miscellaneous Collection of Engravings

Accession:

Object Number: 31.K.12-125
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 93605; input: 2003-06-20; modified: 2006-01-26)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/93605