BORDONE, Benedetto
(b. ca. 1460, Padova, d. 1539, Venezia)

Scene with Satyr and Sleeping Nymph

Woodcut, 290 x 215 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This woodcut comes from the book Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (The Strife of Love in a Dream of Poliphilo) by Francesco Colonna, published in Venice in 1499. This illustrated book tells of Poliphilo's search for his love, Polia, as recounted in the hero's dream. The book was extremely popular at the court of Philip of Burgundy and the Netherlandish high nobility.