Bacchanal with a Wine Vat

A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1470

Artist:

Andrea Mantegna
Italian, 1431-1506

About this artwork

Andrea Mantegna was an artist with a deep interest in antiquity, and much of his work resembled Greco-Roman sculpture, which he translated into widely circulating and frequently copied engravings. This is the left half of a pair of prints; the adjoining print Bacchanal with Silenos (1956.1010) is also in the Art Institute’s collection. Mantegna’s frieze-shaped bacchanalian subjects portray the god of wine and his drunken revelers. Dionysos may be the standing youth on the left, who is being crowned with a wreath of grape leaves. His noble bearing and contrapposto stance link him particularly to ancient sculptures.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Andrea Mantegna

Title

Bacchanal with a Wine Vat

Origin

Italy

Date

1465–1475

Medium

Engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

312 × 450 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1011

Extended information about this artwork

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