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Late 17th Century Italian Ink and Wash Drawing of “The Drunken Silenus"



This work likely Italian dates from circa 1680-1700. It relates directly to a 16th century engraving of the same subject after a drawing by Giulio Romano. That composition is inspired by a sarcophagus representing the Triumph of Baccus and Ariadne. An example of the engraving circa 1531 is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. By an unattributed hand but clearly by an artist capable of the medium of ink and wash drawing a rather unforgiving technique and well scaled and executed. The work is nicely French matted and framed in an antique Italian gilded wood frame complimenting the work. Condition Disclosure: While we do our best to carefully inspect and give a full report on the condition of any item we sell, pointing out any repairs or alterations that may have been done to the best of our knowledge, as is the case with any antique and vintage item, there is a possibility that at some point in the life of the piece that there may have been damaged which has been professionally repaired and as such a repair undetectable, it is therefore impossible for us to disclose... we recommend that you also read and agree to the 1st dibs user agreement, particularly sections 9,13,15,18,19 and 27


  • Dimensions
    Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)Width: 21.5 in. (54.61 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Renaissance (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Late 17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. The work is Nicely French matted and framed in an antique Italian gilded wood frame complimenting the work. Ink and wash mounted on paper and in excellent condition. . Image 9.75 by 13.50,.
  • Seller Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU81138356853

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    Ships From: Hudson, NY
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