About this artwork
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.
Currently Off View
- European Painting and Sculpture
- Jean Léon Gérôme
- Anacreon with the Infants Bacchus and Cupid
- 72.4 × 43.8 cm (28 1/2 × 17 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Gustave Leblanc Barbedienne