Satyr Family (1505) by Albrecht Durer

Satyr Family - Albrecht Durer - 1505

Artwork Information

TitleSatyr Family
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Satyr Family

The “Satyr Family” is an engraving created by Albrecht Dürer in 1505. This artwork is a product of the Northern Renaissance art movement and falls under the mythological painting genre. The piece is currently held in a private collection. The engraving features a family of satyrs, which are mythological creatures often depicted with human torsos and lower limbs resembling those of goats.

In the artwork, the central focus is on a satyr family, located in a wooded setting. A male figure with prominent horns and goat-like features is shown blowing into a musical instrument, likely meant to be an aulos (an ancient double-reed wind instrument). Next to him, a female figure, also exhibiting satyr traits with less pronounced features, is seated and nursing an infant. In her lap, the child appears relaxed and comfortable. There is a sense of domestic intimacy in the scene, despite the wild and mythical nature of the satyrs. The surrounding environment is detailed, with a suggestion of wilderness and untamed nature, which complements the mythological theme. The exquisite detail and fine lines are characteristic of Dürer’s masterful engraving technique.

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