Young Satyress Running with an Owl's Nest

Claude Michel1770s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

These works by French sculptor Claude Michel, known as Clodion (1738–1814), shows a pair of young satyrs. Clodion was fond of depicting characters from classical antiquity in his work, and the subject of child or baby satyrs in Bacchanalian celebrations appear often in the work of Rococo artists. The female satyr wraps a plump arm around a nest filled with baby birds, while her male counterpart holds an owl. Balancing on one foot, the two flee the scene of their theft.

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  • Title: Young Satyress Running with an Owl's Nest
  • Creator: Clodion (French, 1738-1814)
  • Date Created: 1770s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 32.1 x 14.8 x 18.1 cm (12 5/8 x 5 13/16 x 7 1/8 in.); with base: 45.1 cm (17 3/4 in.)
  • Provenance: Private collection, France, Arnold Seligman and Rey and Co. (Paris, France)., French and Co., New York, New York, sold to Mrs. Francis F. Prentiss, Elisabeth Severance Prentiss [Mrs. Francis Fleury Prentiss] (1865–1944), Cleveland Heights, Ohio), upon her death, held in trust by the estate., Estate of Elizabeth Severance Prentiss, by bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1944.129.1
  • Medium: terracotta
  • Inscriptions: signature incised on back: CLODION.
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 18th century
  • Credit Line: The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Collection
  • Collection: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 1944.129.1

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