Jean-François de Troy

Pan and Syrinx

1733
De Troy’s works were prized for their elegance and lively touch. Men especially appreciated their coyly erotic subject matter such as this story of unrequited lust. Pan, the half man, half goat, pursues the nymph Syrinx. She flees to her father, a river god who will transform her into the marsh reeds already entwined around the figures – thus both rescuing and losing her. Enchanted by the voice-like sound of the wind through the reeds, Pan will use the knife at his side to cut them into different lengths and create the pan-pipe. Frame: carved wood, gilded. France, mid-18th century
Title
Pan and Syrinx
Date
1733
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
90.5 x 73 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 2000
Accession number
40407