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Camille Corot : “Silenus” (1838)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

In Greek and Roman mythology, Silenus is the faithful friend and teacher of the wine god Dionysus. On Corot’s canvas, he is the butt of a joke, awakening from his drunken stupor to find that his fellow revelers have tied him up with his own garlands and painted his face red with mulberries. A good sport, he joins in the laughter and all is forgiven. The picture is an excellent example of “historical landscape painting,” a genre popularized by Nicholas Poussin, a French artist from the 1600s, in which mythological or Biblical scenes play out in idyllic settings.

Credit Line: Text courtesy of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (CC BY 3.0).

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