(Italy 1430-1431 – 1506)
29.2 x 42.9 cm (trimmed irregularly insde platemark)
Mantegna's art epitomizes the revival of the artistic ideas of antiquity that defines the Italian Renaissance. This classical scene was probably inspired by a Roman frieze, as might appear on a sarcophagus. In a setting of pagan revelry, the deity Bacchus is crowned with a vine wreath while a satyr dances in a puddle of wine and two inebriated putti lie sprawled in the foreground. The collector's mark at the top of the sheet, although partly cropped, identifies this engraving as having once belonged to Pope Benedict XIV (1675-1758). Most of his art collection was left to the city of Bologna.
Richard Beresford, Look, 'Mantegna to Piranesi Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection', pg. 14-15, Heidelberg, Jun 1998, 14, 15 (illus.).
Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 112 (colour illus.).
Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 2 (illus.), 8. no catalogue numbers
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 6 (colour illus.).
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 78-92, Sydney, 1999, 79 (illus.).
Nicolas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, 'Introduction', pg. 3-5, Sydney, 1991, 4, 6 (illus.), 8. no catalogue numbers
Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991
Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014