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An image of Bacchanal with a wine vat by Andrea Mantegna

Andrea Mantegna

(Italy 1430-1431 – 1506)

Title
Bacchanal with a wine vat
Other titles:
Bacchanalians with a wine vat
Bacchanal with a wine press
Year
early 1470s
Media category
Print
Materials used
engraving
Dimensions

29.2 x 42.9 cm (trimmed irregularly insde platemark)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1938
Accession number
8486
Location
Not on display
Further information

Mantegna's art epitomizes the revival of the artistic ideas of antiquity that defines the Italian Renaissance. This classical scene was probably inspired by a Roman frieze, as might appear on a sarcophagus. In a setting of pagan revelry, the deity Bacchus is crowned with a vine wreath while a satyr dances in a puddle of wine and two inebriated putti lie sprawled in the foreground. The collector's mark at the top of the sheet, although partly cropped, identifies this engraving as having once belonged to Pope Benedict XIV (1675-1758). Most of his art collection was left to the city of Bologna.

Bibliography (6)

Richard Beresford, Look, 'Mantegna to Piranesi Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection', pg. 14-15, Heidelberg, Jun 1998, 14, 15 (illus.).

Nicolas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, 'Introduction', pg. 3-5, Sydney, 1991, 4, 6 (illus.), 8. no catalogue numbers

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 112 (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook, 'Western Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 78-92, Sydney, 1999, 79 (illus.).

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 2 (illus.), 8. no catalogue numbers

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 6 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006