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A Bacchante, after Greuze
  • Jean-Baptiste-Jacques Augustin (1759 - 1832)
  • After Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725 - 1805)
  • A Bacchante, after Greuze
  • France
  • 1798 - 1799
  • Miniature
  • Watercolour on ivory
  • Diameter: 7.8 cm
  • Signature: 'Augustin. / an. 7.'
    Label: '1854 / BII00 / Bacchante' Ink
    Label: '156' Printed
    Label: '1756' Printed
  • M14
  • West Gallery II
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • In Augustin's posthumous sale, 19-21 December 1839, there was a painting of a young bacchante by Greuze which was almost certainly the basis for this miniature. It was probably similar to Greuze, 'Bacchante', P407). Although the girl in this miniature does not wear a leopard's skin, one of the traditional attributes of bacchantes (the female followers of Bacchus, the god of wine), she is identifiable as a bacchante from her abandoned pose and the vine eaves in her hair.