The Shepherd Daphnis with Pipes

Andrea Riccio1520-1530

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

The naturalism and lyricism of this bronze statuette make it a masterpiece of the Renaissance. Riccio (also known as Andrea Briosco), one of the greatest artists in this genre, was a member of the humanist circles of the university city of Padua. He excelled in creating small bronzes that captured the spirit of antiquity without resorting to copying. This is a shepherd from the mythic world of Arcadia, where satyrs, nymphs, gods, and humans lived together at ease. With the unfocused gaze of one lost in creative thought, he is Daphnis, who was taught to play the hollow reed pipe by the god Pan and became the inventor of pastoral poetry (poetry associated with shepherds) - a classical literary form revived in Padua during the Renaissance. The nickname "Riccio" means "hedgehog" and refers to the sculptor's extremely curly hair.


  • Title: The Shepherd Daphnis with Pipes
  • Creator Lifespan: 1470/1532
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Date Created: 1520-1530
  • Physical Dimensions: h21.3 cm
  • Type: statuettes
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: bronze
  • Provenance: Jacques Seligmann, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Padua, Italy
  • ExhibitionHistory: Antiquity in the Renaissance. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton. 1978; The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984; The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995; Von allen seiten schön, Bronzen der Renaissance und des Barock. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin. 1995-1996; Masterpieces in Bronze: Riccio, Sculptor of the Paduan Renaissance. The Frick Collection, New York. 2008-2009
  • Artist: Andrea Riccio

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