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The Triumph of Bacchus or the Drunkards

  • ‘The Triumph of Bacchus or The Drunkards’ © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

    ‘The Triumph of Bacchus or The Drunkards’ © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1628 - 1629

Cultural background

Spanish School

Original title

El triunfo de Baco o Los Borrachos
Prado Museum
Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

This is Velázquez’s first mythological painting, and represents a distancing from the noble treatment traditionally used for these subjects, in favour of a more naturalistic approach.

In this piece (in which Bacchus, the god of wine, is shown crowning a young soldier surrounded by a group of drinkers) we can see the contrast between the gravity of the figures on the left and the roguish and realistic depiction of the group on the right. The style of the work still retains evidence of the naturalism of Velázquez’s Seville period, but also features the colourist influence the artist assimilated from the work of Rubens and 16th-century Venetian painting. Through this work, Velázquez sets up a discourse on the virtues of wine and its capacity to console people when beset by the trials of everyday life.

Details of the work

Origin
Royal Collection

Object
Painting

Dimensions
165 cm x 225 cm

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

  

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