Published: June 27, 2023

"Two Satyrs", Peter Paul Rubens

portrait Two Satyrs by Peter Paul Rubens

1619. Wood, oil. Size: 7666 cm. Old Pinakothek Munich

Although the painting is called "Two Satyrs", there is only one satyr on it. In the background, Rubens showed a drinking man with a cup of wine, saliva flowing from bliss, and a lion mask on his head, which he would like to appear. A real satyr holds a vine, a symbol of life and fertility, and laughs contemptuously at a drunkard.

Wanting to emphasize the bliss experienced by an ordinary person drinking wine and ridicule his behavior, the artist even depicted the drool flowing from the mouth of an alcoholic. If you look closely, you can see that on his head is not a lion's cap, but a sheep's head. The look of the satyr himself is sober, evil and cunning.

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