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Satyr and Satyress Sculptor of Padua Riccio (after) Severo da Ravenna (previous attribution)


Sculptor of Padua active in the first half of the 16th century

Riccio (after) Trento, 1470 – Padua, 1532

Severo da Ravenna (previous attribution) documented ca. 1496 – ca. 1543

Culture Italian
Date second quarter of the 16th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique bronze

25.5 × 16 × 19 cm, 3.5 kg
with base: 33 × 18 × 19.5 cm

Inventory number 5354
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Sculpture 1350-1800, Gallery 2

Antique art had a powerful impact on the Renaissance and was an example to follow. In the first decades of the 16th century, erotic representations also spread in Italy under the influence of antique models. The most famous was a series of pornographic engravings (ca. 1524) by Marcantonio Raimondi, made after the drawings of Guliano Romano. At the same time, in northern Italy, similar subjects appeared on small bronzes and bronze plaquettes, depicting mainly intertwined satyrs and satyresses. Beside the one in Budapest there is only one other existing version (Victoria and Albert Museum, London) of the same composition made by the Paduan sculptor, Andrea Riccio. In northern Italy, many artists cast similar
bronzes after Riccio, thus the identity of the creator of the Budapest artwork remains unknown.


Balogh, Jolán, Katalog der ausländischen Bildwerke des Museums der bildenden Künste in Budapest, IV – XVIII. Jahrhundert: 1. Textband Bd. 1, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1975, p. 151-152., no. 192.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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