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Satyr Looking at a Sleeping Nymph

This image is one of six prints in Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection (Eskenazi Museum of Art 69.47.1–.6) from a series of fifteen engravings of mythological and biblical subjects by Agostino Carracci, called Lascivie (Lusts). The prints displeased Pope Clement VIII (1592–1605) for their lack of morality, and Agostino was severely admonished. Even though the Counter-Reformation had strict rules regarding the production of art, the tradition of sexually explicit subjects, generally disguised through the mythological theme of the loves of the gods, remained alive and well in Italy throughout the sixteenth century, and, despite the pope’s reprimand, Agostino’s Lascivie was popular in its own time.

Agostino Carracci
Italian, 1557–1602
Satyr Looking at a Sleeping Nymph from Lascivie
1590–95
Engraving on paper
Image/sheet: 6 1/4 x 4 7/8 in. (15.9 x 12.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 69.47.5