Satyr with the child Dionysus
1st century BCE.
Inv. No. 25880.Naples, National Archaeological MuseumPhoto by Luciano Pedicini

Satyr with the child Dionysus.

1st century BCE.
Inv. No. 25880.

Naples, National Archaeological Museum
(Napoli, Museo archeologico nazionale).

Private collection, Medici.
From the Medici collection.
The child Dionysus playing with the Satyrs on the hills of Nysa where the Nymphs raised him became one of the favourite themes of Classic art from the 4th century B.C. onwards. A renowned example is Praxiteles’ Hermes with the child Dionysus in Olympia In the Augustan classicist revival, the theme became popular once again, as many decorative objects of this period bear out.

The syrinx and shepherd’s crook laid on the stone allude to the rural nature of the divine being. One of the signs of the fortune of this gem in the Renaissance is its faithful reproduction on a marble medallion in the courtyard of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Firenze, made by Donatello’s workshop. 1st century B.C.

© 1996. Photo, text: Stefano De Caro, “The National Archaeological Museum of Naples”.
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Napoli e Caserta. Electa, Napoli, 2001, p. 345.
© 1996. Photo: Luciano Pedicini.
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