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Elizabeth McGrath (Honorary Fellow and Emeritus Professor, Warburg Institute): 'Silenus as a god of Nature in the art of Rubens'

Rubens's fascination with bacchic themes, and in particular the figure of old Silenus, has been the subject of much comment and some puzzlement. This talk will consider Rubens’s imagery of Silenus, most earthbound of gods, in the light of the artist’s interest in themes of Nature’s bounty and fruitfulness, and ancient poetic references to the countryside gods.  

The Work in Progress seminar explores the variety of subjects studied and researched at the Warburg Institute. Papers are given by invited international scholars, research fellows studying at the Institute, and third-year PhD students.

FREE VIA ZOOM. PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE.

image: detail from Rubens, Nymphs and Satyrs (c. 1615, expanded and reworked c. 1635: Museo del Prado)