DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Satyr Family

Engraving, 115 x 70 mm
Art Institute, Chicago

Formerly erroneously called Pan and Syrinx or Birth of Adonis, this print is based on Lucian's description of a painting by Zeuxis. It was probably conceived as a companion piece to Apollo and Diana. The engraving is developed from the drawing Centauress Nursing her Young. The instrument played by the satyr is a Platterspiel, a reed instrument equipped with a bladder similar to that of a bagpipe. The scene is staged in a forest even denser than that of Adam and Eve.