Inventory number
P02267
Author
Houasse, Michel-Ange (French)
Title
Bacchanal
Chronology
1719
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
125 cm x 180 cm
School
Francesa
Theme
Mitología
On display
No
Provenance
Colección Real (Colección Felipe V, Palacio Real de La Granja, Segovia, 1727; col. Felipe V, La Granja, 1746, nº 396; La Granja, 1794, nº 396; La Granja, 1814-1818, nº 396).

Various personages, semi-nude or wearing tunics, dance, drink, eat grapes, play instruments and enjoy themselves in a garden around a bust of Bacchus. Various popular and classical buildings are visible in the background.

This work shows all of the influences present in Houasse's painting. The academicist tendency of the figures is mixed with hints of Poussin, Titian and Watteau. Moreover, some facial types, as well as the everyday aspect of the scene, recall Dutch painting.

The work also shows how carefully this painter made his compositions, with a perfect study of the different groups or figures and their integration into the overall work. The painter manages to perfectly reflect the delights of the mythological setting. This type of subject matter was very popular with eighteenth-century collectors and Houasse is one of the finest representatives of this genre, with works as attractive as the present one.

This work is paired with Offering to Bacchus (P2268), and both were in Queen Isabel Farnesio's collection at the la Granja Palace in 1746.

 
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