On View In:
Gallery 321
Artist:   Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot  
Title:   Silenus  
Date:   1838  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   97 1/2 x 70 1/2 in. (247.65 x 179.07 cm) (canvas) 113 x 86 1/2 in. (287.02 x 219.71 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Bequest of J. Jerome Hill  
Location:   Gallery 321  

Corot took this subject of ancient gods courting in an idyllic landscape from Virgil's Eclogues, a Roman poem of the 1st century B.C. With its moralizing mythological theme, this picture is an excellent example of historical landscape painting, a category of painting first popularized by Nicholas Poussin. Silenus is Corot's most overt tribute to his great 17th-century predecessor.

Name:   Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1796 - 1875  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date In black: [C COROT 1838]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   73.42.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts