Marsyas and Olympus
This painting is part of the group: Panels for a Musical Instrument

This is the keyboard lid, probably from a harpsichord, of which 'Silenus gathering Grapes' may have formed part. The subject of a satyr and a youth holding a syrinx suggests the theme of Marsyas (though Silenus is possible) and his follower, the composer Olympus.

Both panels are quite likely originally to have come from a pair of decorated musical instruments which belonged to Fulvio Orsini by 1600. He was a classical scholar and collector, a protégé of the Farnese, and well acquainted with the painter.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1560 - 1609
Full title
Marsyas and Olympus
Group
Date made
1597-1600
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
34.4 x 84.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1824
Inventory number
NG94
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Panels for a Musical Instrument

Painting
Annibale Carracci
1597-1600
Annibale Carracci: 'Silenus gathering Grapes'
Painting
Annibale Carracci
1597-1600
Annibale Carracci: 'Silenus gathering Grapes'