Cupid Overpowering Pan (recto); Head of a Monk; Caricature of a Man in Profile (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Cupid Overpowering Pan (recto); Head of a Monk; Caricature of a Man in Profile (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Agostino Carracci (Italian, 1557 - 1602)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1590

Medium:

Black and white chalk on light blue paper (recto); black chalk (verso)

Dimensions:

34.3 x 25.9 cm (13 1/2 x 10 3/16 in.)

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In the early 1590s, Agostino Carracci, his brother Annibale, and their cousin Ludovico decorated a number of rooms in Bologna's Palazzo Magnani; many of their works are still in place. Agostino Carracci made this drawing as a study for the fresco over a fireplace. The story of Cupid's conquest of the Greek god Pan demonstrated the triumph of love over lust and illustrated Virgil's dictum, "Omnia vincit Amor" (Love conquers all).

Carracci made the study on the verso for the head of the priest in his painting of the Last Communion of Saint Jeromeof about 1589. The soft modeling, the extreme foreshortening of Cupid's head, and the use of chalk on blue prepared paper show his interest in Venetian art.

Exhibitions
Figure Drawings (December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997, (Cat. recto)
Two Centuries of Drawings from Bologna (December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 15, 1998 to February 28, 1999, (Cat. recto)
Visions of Grandeur: Drawing in the Baroque Age (June 1 to September 12, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 1 to September 12, 2004, (Cat. recto)
Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classical Mythology (November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014, (Cat. recto)
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    Audio: Cupid Overpowering Pan (Exhibit: GODS_AND_HEROES)