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Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

Studies for the Feast of Silenus c.1730-31

Pen and ink and wash | 28.1 x 27.9 cm | RCIN 907024

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Silenus was the drinking companion of Dionysus, Greek god of wine and festivities, and he was often portrayed as a drunken old man supported by satyrs or carried by a donkey. This rapid sketch for a painting of the Feast of Silenus is accompanied by studies of a female figure and Dionysus with a drinking cup.