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

In classical mythology Silenus was the companion of Bacchus, god of wine. This painting is part of the decoration which Annibale Carracci executed on a keyboard instrument for Fulvio Orsini (1529 - 1600), the librarian to the Farnese family in Rome and tutor to Cardinal Odoardo. Being a classical scholar, Orsini may have advised on the subject matter of the work. The panel of 'Marsyas and Olympus' was probably part of the same decoration. In style and spirit these paintings are very close to the Farnese Gallery frescoes with which they are contemporary.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1560 - 1609
Full title
Silenus gathering Grapes
Group
Date made
1597-1600
Medium and support
Oil and egg on wood
Dimensions
54.5 x 88.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
NG93.1
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: 'Marsyas and Olympus'