The Wallace Collection

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Bacchanalian Scene
  • Willem van Mieris (1662 - 1747)
  • Bacchanalian Scene
  • Netherlands
  • 1700 [or 1709?]
  • Painting
  • Oil on copper
  • Image size: 27.6 x 22.8 cm
    Frame size: 48.7 x 43.7 cm
  • Signature: 'W. van Mieris. F Anno 1700 [or 1709?]'
  • P188
  • East Galleries III
Further Reading
  • A bacchante, or female devotee of the god of wine Bacchus, squeezes a bunch of grapes in a cup held by a satyr. In the background another bacchante and satyr couple is seen, dancing and making music. Ironically, the central bacchante’s pose recalls that of Raphael’s Saint John the Baptist (Paris, Louvre). The picture’s licentious subject matter may have attracted the regent, Philippe duc d’Orléans (1674-1723) one of the picture’s previous owners.