Painting Bacchus, Michelangelo Caravaggio

"Painting Bacchus, Michelangelo Caravaggio

Description of the picture:

Bacchus – Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Around 1595-1597. Canvas, oil. 95×85
Standing at the origins of the Baroque, Caravaggio (1571-1610) painted this picture in a still relatively serene period of his own life. Hence the choice of topics – Bacchus, Greek god of wine and fun, in the form of which the master showed the young man with a heavy look, with a gentle gesture holding out a glass of wine to the viewer.

His strong, muscular body is full of health, a tender blush is playing on his cheeks, his plump lips are juicy, and the spectrum of the canvas leaves a feeling of celebration. But the fruit in the veil before Bacchus is not so fresh: the apple has rotted, there is a wormhole on it. And the grape leaves in the hero’s wreath are already fading.

Caravaggio was not afraid to portray life as it is, he sharply felt its hidden drama, which was reflected in his upcoming art, which influenced all of European painting. The painter returned to the theme of a joyful ancient god, but painted in his form himself, on a physical level and spiritually exhausted by the disease (the painting “Sick Bacchus”, stored in the Borghese Gallery in Rome)."

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