Landscape with a Satyr

Brown ink drawing with satyr in field with town in the background

Attributed to Titian (ca. 1488–1576)
Landscape with a Satyr, 16th century
Pen and brown ink on paper
7 7/16 x 8 1/8 in. (18.9 x 20.6 cm)
Purchased by The Frick Collection, 1936

The site of an enigmatic encounter between a goat and a satyr, this sun-drenched landscape evokes the Arcadian realm of ancient literature, in which the satyr is an often lustful and drunken presence. Here he sits with an urn (presumably filled with wine), his hairy, muscular body illuminated by the sun and modeled with vigorous cross-hatching. Thin, directional strokes of the pen distinguish the gently rolling hills and steep crags in the distance.

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