The present bronze model of a satyr is known in a number of versions, most of them of lesser quality, and many with varying details. It is perhaps closest in overall form to a signed example in a private European collection (illustrated in Frankfurt, op. cit., no. 148), although there are differences of patination and finish which suggest that they are not from the same hand. The vigorous and free modelling of the locks of hair are common to both, but the present bronze has an extensively hammered surface, deeply incised eyes, and a more greenish-brown patina.
Severo da Ravenna was, along with Andrea Riccio, one of the most important producers of small bronzes in Padua in the early years of the 16th century. His work was formerly intermixed with that of Riccio and, although he has subsequently been considered to be Riccio's most talented follower, there are now suggestions that he may, in fact, be the senior figure of the two. Certainly the popularity of his inventions is attested to by the almost unbroken fascination people have had for his satyrs and grotesque dragons from the 16th century to the present day.