A Satyr Playing an Aulos

Bernardo Parentinoabout 1480 - 1490

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Playing a double flute called an aulos, the long-legged figure of a satyr seems to dance on the balls of his feet. Probably intended as a figure in the retinue of the classical god Bacchus, the satyr is naked except for the skin of a panther, with its claws and tail still attached, that hangs over his left shoulder. The figure's proportions and pose resemble those of classical reliefs or vase paintings. Deftly handling the point of the quill, the artist indicated both light and shade, suggesting the three-dimensionality of his body with a delicate network of hatching and cross-hatching. Numerous fine lines suggest the muscles on his legs and torso and create texture on the panther pelt.

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  • Title: A Satyr Playing an Aulos
  • Creator: Bernardo Parentino
  • Date: about 1480 - 1490
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 20.2 x 10.3 cm (7 15/16 x 4 1/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 88.GA.91
  • Markings: Label: "C.1 N-105. Andrea Mantegna 1431-1505. A Bacchante; pen + bistre. Fine. From Sir Anthony Westcombe's Collection. W. Bateman" by William Bateman typed on a label.
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: (Recto) at lower right, inscribed by Lord John Somers "g.53" in brown ink; on the mount, inscribed by Jonathan Richardson, Sr. "Mnntegna" in brown ink; (verso) on the mount, inscribed by Jonathan Richardson, Sr. "JJ.53" in brown ink.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Drawings


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