Der trunkene Silen
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Der trunkene Silen,

um 1618/1625
Material / Technology / Carrier
Holz
Dimensions of the object
212 x 214,5 cm
Displayed
AP OG Saal VII
Department
Flämische Malerei
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
319
Acquisition
1806 aus der Galerie Düsseldorf
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubens, Der trunkene Silen, um 1618/1625, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/6kLaZjoG8V (Last updated on 11.01.2022)
Silenus, Bacchus’s tutor, stands at the centre of the bacchanalian retinue. His stumbling gait reveals his drunkenness and debauchery as does the suckling Paniskin on the left and the copulating goats on the right. The present composition was not planned in this form from the outset, but is the result of Rubens’s reworking during the mid-1620s, when the painting—that originally only depicted the drunken Silenus—was enlarged. The loose brushwork, with which certain details are merely suggested, derives from Rubens’s close study of Titian.

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