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Maker Once Known; Wit, Jacob de (after)
Satyress with Infant Satyr Satyress with Infant Satyr
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Sitting on a rock, a female satyr holds an infant of the species between her knees, with one hand encircling its back. On the child’s forehead are two lumps, the buds of the horns it is starting to grow. Lying on the ground at the lower right is a thyrsus—the pine-cone tipped rod of Dionysus often carried by maenads and satyrs—along with what appears to be a framed painting of grapes. These objects are partially covered by a swath of drapery that twists around behind the satyress and bunches up in her lap. In the upper right-hand section of the circular support, the foliage of a forest setting has been summarily sketched in. Both mother and child gaze intently down to the lower left, indicating that this painting was likely designed to be placed in the upper right-hand corner of a wall or of a larger decorative ensemble.

 
Maker Once Known; Wit, Jacob de (after)
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1695-Amsterdam, Netherlands 1754 Amsterdam, Netherlands 1695-Amsterdam, Netherlands 1754
Satyress with Infant Satyr Satyress with Infant Satyr
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Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
height: 63.60 cm; 25.04 in.
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1987 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1987
30-082

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