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Image of Bacchanal with Silenus

Andrea Mantegna
Italian, 1431–1506

Bacchanal with Silenus

about 1485

Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Southern Europe, Italian
10 3/8 in. x 17 5/16 in. (26.35 cm x 43.97 cm)
Medium and Support: Engraving on paper
Accession Number: 1999.0007.0042

Credit Line: Gift of Jean K. Weil in memory of Adolph "Bucks" Weil, Jr.

Mantegna’s work features strong contours shaded mainly by emphatic diagonal hatching. He used a “slip stroke,” dragging the burin across the plate as he passed from one line to the next and created a zig-zag effect that is visible in hatching on the legs of Bacchus. The frieze-like composition of many of his prints, in which the action takes place in a shallow space parallel to the picture plane, is inspired by classical relief sculpture, evidence of the fifteenth century’s renewed interest in the art of the Roman Empire. See "Dürer, Rembrandt, and Beyond from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr.," exh. cat. (Montgomery: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1994,) 8.

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