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Studies for the Feast of Silenus


RCIN 907024

Joseph Smith owned a large number of Sebastiano Ricci's preparatory drawings. Silenus was the drinking companion of Dionysus, Greek god of wine and festivities. He was often portrayed as a drunken old man supported by satyrs or carried by a donkey. This sketch for a painting of the Feast of Silenus is accompanied by studies of a female figure and Dionysus with a drinking cup.

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