"Bacchus" by Caravaggio

Caravaggio’s “Bacchus” (c. 1596) depicts a young boy as the Roman god of wine and revelry. Reclining languidly, the boy proffers a glass of wine, clearly inviting the viewer to indulge with him. Yet Caravaggio’s stark realism betrays the subject’s divinity. The spoiled fruit, old mattress and dirty fingernails reveal the mise-en-scene and demystify the Classical theme. The “Bacchus” is currently exhibited at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.


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