Bacchus - Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. 95x85
Standing at the origins of the Baroque, Caravaggio (1571-1610) painted this picture in a still relatively serene period of his life. Hence the choice of topics - Bacchus, the Greek god of wine and fun, in the image of which the master showed the young man with a languid look, with an affectionate gesture holding out a glass of wine to the viewer.
His strong, muscular body is full of health, a delicate blush is playing on his cheeks, full lips are juicy, and the color of the canvas leaves a feeling of celebration. But the fruit in the vase facing 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 future art, which influenced all of European painting. The artist returned once more to the theme of the gay ancient god, but in his image he painted himself physically and mentally exhausted by the disease (the painting “Sick Bacchus”, stored in the Borghese Gallery in Rome).