Nicolaes Moeyaert

The Triumph of Bacchus

395 detail signatuur en datering
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395 voorzijde
395 voorzijde

Nicolaes Moeyaert
The Triumph of Bacchus

1624 Not on view

Bacchus is the god of fertility and debauchery. Here he sits naked atop a large barrel of wine that is being pulled along by two snarling panthers. It is a joyful and rowdy procession – Bacchus’s entourage are knocking back the wine. Although it isn’t agreeing with everyone: on the right a satyr can be seen vomiting. Standing behind him is a knight in armour and an old, gout-ridden man. With this, the painter is warning of the ill effects of drink: war and sickness lie in wait.

Nicolaes Moeyaert’s history paintings are often built up very theatrically, almost as if you are looking at a play.

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Nicolaes Moeyaert
The Triumph of Bacchus

1624 Not on view

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Details

General information
Nicolaes Moeyaert (Amsterdam 1592/1593 - 1655 Amsterdam)
The Triumph of Bacchus
1624
painting
395
Material and technical details
oil
panel
82.8 x 53 cm
Inscriptions
linksonder: CL Moeyaert. fe Ao 1624
CL ineen

Provenance

Kaiser Collection, Frankfurt am Main; purchased, 1874