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Flemisch - Drunken Silenus - A1414

Flemisch - Drunken SilenusFlemisch - Drunken Silenus
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Flemish, probably end of the 17th century
Surroundings of Peter Paul Rubens

Drunken Silenus.

Black chalk drawing, on grey-brown handmade paper, verso old numbers written with brown ink „988“ and „No 17“. 36,5:19,8 cm.

A little bit stained, restored tears.

Provenance: Collection SL, probably Sigmund Landsinger (painter, 1855-1939), Lugt and Lugt Suppl. 2358.

Compare literature: A.M. Hind, Catalogue of Drawings by Dutch and Flemish Artists preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, London, 1923,  vol. II, No 51; Exhibition catalogue: Rubens Drawings and Sketches. Edited by J. Rowlands. London, British Museum, 1977, No 13 with Fig.

The figure of the drunken silenus can be traced back to an ancient statue which was, at the time when Rubens was in Rome,  in the Chigi Collection in Rome. From 1728 it is preserved in Dresden.

The motif of our drawing is very similar to that of the painting „Drunken Silenus held by a Satyr“ created by Peter Paul Rubens about 1620, today owned by the National Gallery in London (compare exhibition catalogue: Peter Paul Rubens. Barocke Leidenschaften. Braunschweig, Herzog Anton-Ulrich-Museum, 2004, No 10 with col. Fig. p 137).