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Young Baccus

Marble statue

All-round marble statue on a marble base represent Bacchus..
It is a figurative art work belonging to the mythological genre: the subject represented is Bacchus, depicted as young man with his iconographic attributes.

Bacchus is a roman god who’s name comes from the greek appellation Bàkkxoç,term with which the greek god Dionysus was called at the time of the aesthetic possession.
Bacchus, god of wine, represents the human instinct in all its shake and it brings together the divine, human and animal nature.
The god is independent, his left hand holds a cup of wine united to the body, while the right hand leans on a blunt on which is placed a feline skin.

Young Baccus
Young Baccus

The shape of the cup reminds the classical ones even if compared to the troika wine cup associated with the god- il kantharos- this one is missing the vertical handles.
The feline skin is emblem of the wild life and of a beastly and ferocious power.

The panther is appears often in Bacchus’ representations as sacred animal to the god: according to the ancients the panthers, always naturally greedy, could be captured thanks to wine and Bacchus was the dominator for excellence.

His gaze look lost and present at the same time; very sweet, delicate, languid and obliging; his head is lightly inclined and crowned with a vine leafs and vine tree garland.

His curly and fluent hair are highly definited.

Young Baccus

Bacchus, god related to the nature and her energy and life power, is always represented with attributes of the natural world: vine leaves, symbol of the exuberance of the plant life; ivy leaves, plant that according to the ancients had the power to stop the thrill ( if placed above the head) or to bring Bacchic delirium ( if swallowed); vine, real symbol of Bacchus.

The body highlights the typical characteristics of immature musculature; clear, beardless and radiant skin alludes to adolescent candor. At the same time, a certain almost adult strength and virility is implied. The musculature is well delineated, with good plasticity clearly visible in the front near the abdominals and in the rear near the spine.

His genitals are covered with a fig leaf.
The upright position with the right leg lightly bent seems stepping forward reminding to the difficult balance that identifies drunk people.

The all-round sculpture made with only one material, follows only one essential guide, Bacchus figure. Vertical and oblique lines prevail; the surface is monochrome and bright, smooth to the touch of the body and the attributes. The modeling is harmonious.

The sculpture is charaterized by regular shapes and has internal opening both on the upper limbs and on the lower limbs.

The figure is well proportionated and composed: the dimensions are calibrated and the relation between bent limbs and relaxed limbs is balance.

The choice of the topic is related to the adhesion to the-principles of Classicism including then the art work in the sphere of the Neoclassicism, at that time when the imitations of the ancient time were widespread, than this art piece needs to be placed between 18th and 19th century probable to the Tuscan production.

 

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