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Title Youthful Bacchus
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Artist Attributed to Carracci, Annibale (Italian painter, 1560-1609)
Date Earliest about 1580
Date Latest 1606

The small oil painting depicts a half-length figure of the young Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. Bacchus is slightly inebriated and gazes sweetly at a glass of wine, his head crowned with vine leaves.

The painting appears to have been cut down and its sketchy character indicates that it may have been a preliminary work. On stylistic grounds it has been attributed to Annibale Carracci, the most gifted of a family of painters, who achieved great success in the late sixteenth century with his frescoes on the theme of the Loves of the Gods for the Farnese Palace in Rome.

Current Accession Number L.F17.1967.0.0
Former Accession Number 17 A 1967
Subject figure; mythology (Bacchus); still life
Measurements 46.4 x 36.1 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from P. and D. Colnaghi 1967, 1,000.
Publications Osborne, A., (ed.), On View, 1967-68, vol. 2, p. 42, ill. pp. 40-41; Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 34.
Notes The painting is not included in the monograph by D. Posner, Annibale Carracci, London, 1971.
Rights Owner Leicester City Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith




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