Inventory number
P00103
Author
Giaquinto, Corrado
Title
The Birth of the Sun and the Triumph of Bacchus
Chronology
Ca. 1761
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
168 cm x 141,5 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Mythology
On display
No
Provenance
Colección Real (Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, antecámara de las señoras infantas, 1794, s.n.; Palacio Real, Madrid, habitación del infante don Carlos-tercera pieza, 1814-1818, s.n.).

The sun god, Apollo, guides his chariot through the center of the composition. Borne by clouds, the goddess, Juno appears. On the ground, Bacchus, the god of wine rides an ass with a crown of grape leaves on his head. This is the moment of his coronation and he is surrounded by nymphs and other members of his retinue. He is accompanied by Diana, the goddess of the hunt, who can be identified by her symbol, the half moon. In the background, Venus, the goddess of beauty, floats over the sea.

This painting, whose composition is based on classical Greco-Latin mythology, is a sketch for the ceiling of the Hall of Columns at Madrid's Royal Palace, which was painted in 1762.

 
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