(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

Bacchus and Ceres

Villa Barbaro, Maser

In the northern lunette of the Sala dell'Olimpo Bacchus and Ceres personify summer and autumn. Ceres, the goddess who taught the human race agriculture, is easy to recognize by the shafts of wheat in her hand and in her hair. The juice that Bacchus squeezes from a bunch of grapes is caught in a bowl by Ceres. The pair is surrounded by four additional figures, perhaps the Hours.