RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)


Oil on canvas, transferred from panel, 191 x 161 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

In painting and sculpture, Bacchus is traditionally represented as a slim youth with a handsome face. Rubens's painting does not follow the tradition, Bacchus is depicted as a corpulent, flaccid reveller, seating on a wine barrel.

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