Signed and numbered on plate: MVH Inv. 2 DVC Inscription beneath: Sustinet impositum veluti virtute CAMELVS / Pondus, onusq; sibi, mitem facilemq; oneramti / Sepraebet, nec non flectit sua tergaretorta: / Vnica sic ISAC soboles fide patris ABRAMI / Dictis audit, obediuit, capitisq; pericla / pectore non dubio manifesta subire paratus. Watermark of hand and flower.
Written in pencil, l.l.: ART. PROOF Signed l.r.: Romas Viesulas 65 On backing, in pencil: From "Notes on Image & Sound" Part II BöLENT ARIEL- Embossed at bottom of sheet, in same technique as print itself: BöLENT AREL "STEREO ELECTRONIC MUSIC #1" (EXCERPT)
This chalk drawing on laid paper is vertically oriented. It is executed in black and red chalk, heightened with white, on tan paper. The piece is dominated with a dancing child satyr with goat legs and curly hair. He is wearing a redish cape. With one foot on the ground and one in the air, he is visible from his right side and he holds a small horn and a tambourine. He looks to the sky with his mouth agape. Several blades of grass suggest the ground below him.
This chalk drawing depicts a young satyr, the half-human and half-goat creatures who joined in the revelry of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. He carries a tamborine and a horn, with legs in motion and his mouth open as if in song. Jacob Jordaens was one of Antwerp's leading figure painters during the 17th c. working in a style similar to his friend, Peter Paul Rubens. This may have been a preparatory drawing for one of his mythological scenes.