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Bacchanalia (painting)

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Bacchanalia is a c.1615 oil painting of Bacchus, Silenus , bacchantes and satyrs by Peter Paul Rubens. Originally painted on panel, it was transferred to canvas by A. Sidorov in 1892.[1]

Rubens frequently returned to the theme of Bacchus, such as in his Drunken Hercules (1612-1618, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden) Young Bacchus Supported by Two Satyrs (post 1614, now lost but known through the engraving of Jonas Suyderhoef CG Voorhelm-Schneevoogt's engraving in Catalog des estampes gravees d'apres PP Rubens, Haarlem 1875, p.133.), Sylvester's Retinue (1618, Alte Pinakothek, Munich) and the studio work Bacchanalia (1612-1614, Palazzo Durazzo-Pallavicini, Genoa). They all draw on classical art, particularly a relief sculpture of a drunken Hercules and Bacchic sarcophagi scenes - one of the latter is now in Moscow and was known to Rubens, who based a sketch entitled Drunken Heracles with a Faun on it.[2]

It was recorded in 1735 in Robert Walpole's collection at Houghton Hall before being bought for the Hermitage Museum in 1779, before being transferred to the Pushkin Museum in 1930.

References

  1. ^ (in Polish) K. Yegorov, M. Warszawskaja: Peter Paul Rubens, Publisher Book Company and Krzysztof Jacek Olesiuk, Warsaw 2006, ISBN 83-7423-385-0 .
  2. ^ (in Polish) Matilde Battistini: Symbole i alegorie. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo „Arkady”, 2005, s. 207. ISBN 978-83-213-4382-2.



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