Bust of a Satyr

Accession Number
1970/1.193

Title
Bust of a Satyr

Artist(s)
Massimiliano Soldani Benzi

Object Creation Date
circa 1695

Medium & Support
bronze on wood base

Dimensions
18 11/16 in. x 9 13/16 in. x 5 11/16 in. ( 47.5 cm x 25 cm x 14.5 cm )

Subject matter
In Greek mythology satyrs were spirits of the forests and mountains and attendants of the god of wine and ecstasy, Dionysus. They were half-human, combining the head and torso of a man with the legs and cloven hooves of a goat, and were often associated with sloth, lechery, and drunken excess.

Physical Description
This small bust-length figure represents a mustached satyr turning his head toward his left. He wears an animal skin tied at his right shoulder over his bare chest. The liquid character of the cast bronze admirably captures the rippling muscles of the satyr's chest and the flowing curls of his hair and the animal pelt.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
casting

Additional Object Classification(s)
Metalwork

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
bronzes (visual works)
literary theory
satyrs

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