The Fall of Phaeton
|Date||second quarter of the 16th century|
|Medium, technique||bronze with dark patina|
19.5 × 11 × 11.5 cm, 1 kg
|On view||This artwork is not on display|
Satyrs were a favourite subject for Renaissance small bronzes. In Graeco-Roman mythology, satyrs, depicted with horns and cloven hooves, were the demigods of the woods and the mountains as well as the companions of the god of wine and religious ecstasy, Dionysus. Many variations of this composition of kneeling satyr remained. It was created around 1520 by Severo da Ravenna, a sculptor working mainly in Northern Italy, in Padua and Ravenna. He may have been inspired not only by examples from ancient art, but also by the grotesque figures of Andrea Briosco’s (also known as Riccio) (ca. 1470–1532) Paschal Candlestick (Padua, Basilica of Saint Anthony, 1507–1515). Pieces similar to the Budapest statuette had practical function too – they were used as candleholders or inkwells.