AFTER DIEGO RODRÍGUEZ DE SILVA Y VELÁZQUEZ
TRIUMPH OF BACCHUS
oil on canvas, laid down on panel
61¼ by 87 in.; 155.6 by 221 cm.
The canvas is laid on a panel or board probably consisting of multiple planks, given its size, and supported on the reverse by another coarse-weave canvas. To the naked eye, several spots in the shadows of the figures' clothing and flesh tones appear darker, suggesting areas of restoration. A small amount of frame abrasion is visible along the left edge. Under UV inspection, retouching is visible in patches throughout areas of shadow, most of which are also visible to the naked eye. Offered in a decoratively painted black, red, and giltwood frame.
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This painting is a 19th century copy after Velázquez's original Feast of Bacchus in the Museo del Prado, Madrid.1 In Velázquez's first mythological painting, he combined the study of the male nude with a color palette and figural types drawn from his rougher genre paintings from his years in Seville. The unidealized figure at center looks directly at the viewer, inviting us to imagine ourselves in this fantastical scene, and has been interpreted as a satire on antiquity and classical learning. With this combination of classical fable and everyday, lower-class subjects, Velázquez demonstrated that naturalism could serve all subject matter, not only genre painting. Nineteenth-century artists were especially drawn to Velazquez's unidealized rendering of figures, which was paralleled in the works of contemporary artists like Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet.
1. Diego Velázquez, Feast of Bacchus, c. 1628-9, oil on canvas, 165 by 225 cm. Museo del Prado, Madrid, inv. no. P001170.