The Triumphal Procession of Bacchus

around 1536/37, Artist: Maerten van Heemskerck

 

 

The Triumphal Procession of Bacchus

Bacchus, the ancient god of wine, is returning in triumph from India to Greece; this is suggested by the panther and the god’s dark-skinned companions. In this picture, probably painted just after Heemskerck’s stay in Rome, his style of painting people, inspired by Roman Mannerism, reached a first peak of expression. Heemskerck creates a wishful image of the humanistically informed 16th century in a combination of extraordinary, humorous and coarsely drastic elements with the smoothly polished nudity of antiquity.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 15

Object data

Object Name

Painting

Culture

Netherlandish

Dated

around 1536/37

Artist

Maerten van Heemskerck (1498 Heemskerck - 1574 Haarlem) - GND

Material

oak wood

Dimensions

56 cm x 106,6 cm x 3,4 cm
Framed: 68 cm x 118 cm x 6,5 cm; Tiefe inkl.

Signed

Inscribed at lower left at the base of the colossal foot: Martinus Hemskerkius pingebat

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 990

Provenance

Coll. Leopold Wilhelm

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