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Anacreon with the Infants Bacchus and Cupid

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


modeled 1878 (cast c. 1893)


Jean Léon Gérôme
French, 1824–1904

About this artwork

In the early 19th century, industrial approaches to production created a new middle-class market for small-scale bronze statuettes, which were displayed in domestic interiors. This statuette is a reduced version of a larger-than-life composition depicting the ancient Greek poet Anacreon cradling Bacchus and Cupid. As the god of wine and pleasure, the infant Bacchus is wreathed in vine leaves and holds a bunch of grapes. Cupid, god of love, bears feathered wings and presses his cheek to the poet’s. French bronze foundry Barbedienne reproduced this popular work in five different sizes.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jean Léon Gérôme


Anacreon with the Infants Bacchus and Cupid


France (Object made in)

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Modeled 1878




72.4 × 43.8 cm (28 1/2 × 17 1/4 in.)

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Gift of Gustave Leblanc Barbedienne

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