BRONZE SCULPTURE. “MAENADS”. 19TH CENTURY.

Antiques - Sculpture
Reference: Z6850

Sculpture. "Mades with Satyr". Bronze. XIX century.
A small base worked so that it resembles land supports the figures. To the right, two panthers appear, turning to the two ladies who support their feet when advancing just to the sides of a Cornucopia or Horn of the Abundance. They appear dressed in robes, which fit the body enough to reveal something of the classical 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 the harmony of it. Complete the symmetry the figure of a child faun, holding a glass and a bunch of grapes and also advancing, like the rest of the figures of the sculpture.
The god Bacchus (Dionysus in Greek mythology) was associated with the vintage 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 courtship and the so-called Bacchanalia. Also, he used to be accompanied by fauns, nymphs, centaurs, etc., and was served by the nymphs Maenads and followed by the so-called "Bacchantes".
Clearly, the influence of outstanding French works of the nineteenth century is strong. Compare, for example, with the "Alegoria de la Amistad" by A. Carrier, or with the "Bacchante" by Claude Michel Clodion (1738-1814), or with the "Ladies playing the tambourine with young satyr" by the same French sculptor , or the "Bacchante" by Hyppolyte Moureau (1832, 1927), to name but a few. This type of sculptures were highly appreciated and valued in the nineteenth century for responding to the aesthetic tastes of Neoclassicism, very often to be often fused following the models of outstanding teachers, even though their authors are dead."


· Size: 35x20x59 cms.

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