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|Author: Laurent de La Hyre|
|Painting, Oil on canvas, 112.5x135sm|
|Origin: France, 1638|
Bacchus, the god of wine-growing and wine-making, was the son of Zeus, the god of thunder, and Semele, queen of Thebes. Semele wanted to see Zeus in his true character, and when he appeared to her in a flash of lightning, she was consumed by the flame after prematurely giving birth to a son. Zeus sewed the infant up in his thigh and after some time Bacchus was born a second time. Then Zeus commanded Mercury, the envoy of the gods, to take the baby to the nymphs for refuge, so that they might nurture and bring him up. It is precisely this moment which the artist has captured.
La Hyre's work was noticeably influenced by French Classicism, as is evidenced in the clarity and balance of the composition, the distinct organization of space and the harmony of volumes. In addition, the soft modeling of the figures, warm golden illumination and velvety shades of indicate the influence of Venetian painting. One may say that the different legacies of two great schools of painting are combined in La Hyre's work to form an inimitable individual style which is notable for easy and unconstrained brushstrokes and a light, joyful palette.
|Source of entry: Collection of baron L.A. Crozat de Tierra, Paris, 1772|
|Theme: Religion and Mythology of Antiquity|
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