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Satyr Family

Albrecht Dürer, German, (May 24, 1471–April 5, 1528)

Creation date: 1505
Creation place: Germany

Other Information

Type: Engraving
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Gift of the University Women's Club, 1928
Accession Number: 1928.20
Dimensions: 4 1/2 in. x 2 3/4 in. (11.43 cm x 6.99 cm)


Goodspeed's Book Shop, Boston, Massachusetts ( - May 11, 1928)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (May 11, 1928 - )

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Albrecht Dürer
German • 1471–1528
Satyr Family
Engraving • 1505
Satyrs were mythological beasts, human forms with the
lower body of a goat, often seen dancing and drinking with
the god Bacchus. Dürer’s highly original depiction, inspired
by Italian models, shows the satyr serenading his wife and
new baby, thereby domesticating a figure more typically
depicted engaged in debauchery.
Museum purchase
with funds provided by the University Women's Club, 1928.20
Last Updated: 10/7/2015


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Divine Desire: Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque , 3/28/2015 - 6/30/2015

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 108

Michael Brown, PhD and Niria E. Leyva-Gutiérrez. Divine Desire. Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque San Diego Museum of Art, The. SOS Printing, 2015
Figure Number: pg. 26


Monogram, Upper right, in plate:

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