METZ, Conrad Martin
(b. 1749, Bonn, d. 1827, Roma)

The Triumph of Bacchus in India

Engraving, 352 x 385 mm
British Museum, London

Alfonso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara (1476-1534) extracted promises from Michelangelo and Raphael to contribute to the decoration of his private apartments. Raphael in 1517 submitted a compositional drawing for Triumph of Bacchus in India - a subject celebrating the legend that the god of wine returned from his conquest of India like a triumphant general, with exotic elephants as well as the usual satyrs and maenads in train.

Conrad Metz executed the engraving after Raphael's drawing.