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About This Artwork
Anacreon with the Infants Bacchus and Cupid, modeled 1878 (cast c. 1893)
72.4 x 43.8 cm (28 1/2 x 17 1/4 in.)
Gift of Gustave Leblanc Barbedienne, 1893.287
Jean-Léon Gérôme initially gained fame as a painter of classical and oriental subjects, turning to sculpture relatively late in his career. One of his early paintings was based on a poem by the fifth-century Greek poet Anacreon, who received Bacchus, the god of wine, and Cupid, the god of love, in his house. Gérôme later returned to this subject in a plaster that was first exhibited in 1881. It was subsequently turned into a full-scale marble statue (now in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen). The composition proved popular enough for reproduction as a small bronze, and this example was presented to the Art Institute by the bronze foundry Barbedienne on the occasion of the Columbian Exposition of 1893.
— Permanent collection label