The Infant Bacchus, Cupid and Putti, Italian School, mid 16th Century.

Oil on panel, 52cm by 85.5cm.

Bacchus was the name adopted by the Romans for the god of wine, the grape harvest, etc; the equivalent of Dionysus in Greek mythology.

He is shown drinking from a vessel, next to the infant winged Cupid, (the Roman equivalent of Eros, the god of love), who has a ribbon slung across his body, indicating his symbolic bow and arrows.

He is dancing with abandon, accompanied by six plump putti.


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