BRONZE SCULPTURE. “MAENADS”. 19TH CENTURY.

Antiques - Sculpture
Reference: Z6850

Sculpture. Maenads with satyr. Bronze. XIX century.
A small base worked so that it resembles earth supports the figures. On the right, two panthers appear, turning to the two ladies who support their feet as they advance just to the sides of a Cornucopia or Horn of Abundance. They appear dressed in robes, which conform to the body enough to reveal something of the classicist anatomy of the ladies without being entirely revealing; one of them creates a vertical line that brings movement to the composition of the sculpture, maintaining its harmony. The symmetry is completed by the figure of a child faun, holding a glass and a bunch of grapes and also advancing, like the rest of the figures in the sculpture.
The god Bacchus (Dionysus in Greek mythology) was associated with the grape harvest and wine, ecstasy, etc., and was an important deity of the pantheon. It is associated with the bull, the snake, the ivy and, to a greater extent, the wine (and the grapes, branches ...) and a certain procession and the so-called Bacchanalia. Likewise, it used to be accompanied by fauns, nymphs, centaurs, etc., and was served by the maenad nymphs and followed by the so-called "bacchantes."
Clearly, the influence of prominent 19th century French work is strong. Compare, for example, with A. Carrier's "Allegory of Friendship", or with Claude Michel Clodion's "Bacchante" (1738-1814), or with the "Ladies playing the tambourine with young satyr" by the same French sculptor , or Hyppolyte Moureau's "Bacchante" (1832,1927), to name just a few. These types of sculptures were highly appreciated and valued in the 19th century for responding to the aesthetic tastes of Neoclassicism, being very often that they were often fused following the models of outstanding masters, even though their authors were already deceased."


· Size: 35x20x59 cms.

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