Der Satyr beim Bauern
Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678)

Der Satyr beim Bauern,

um 1620/21
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand, auf Eichenholz aufgezogen
Dimensions of the object
174 x 203,5 cm
Displayed
AP OG Saal IX
Department
Flämische Malerei
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
425
Acquisition
1806 aus der Galerie Düsseldorf
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Jacob Jordaens, Der Satyr beim Bauern, um 1620/21, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/bwx0jyqGm8 (Last updated on 14.09.2022)
The satyr’s powerful facial expression and gesturing capture the intense agitation and the moment of surprise that lie at the heart of the scene. The creature with the legs of a goat reacts with surprise and horror at the peasant who cools his gruel by breathing on it, after he—as the satyr had noticed before—had warmed his hands out in the fields in the same way. He is just about to flee from the peasant’s family, having been warned of the deceitfulness of man—as told in Aesop’s fables—and that one cannot rely on his friendship.

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