Through the application of a rich allegorical repertoire, so characteristic for the High Baroque, Jacob Jordaens presented Bacchus as a child with the attributes of the god of wine: bunches of grapes and various types of fruit, among lush vegetation in which, according to the ancients, his power manifested itself the strongest. The boy, with looks typical for Jordaens's style, is shown in a bold foreshortened perspective and the arrangement of the canvas, with the composition of still life in the foreground and the broad landscape in the background, reveals the plan of the artist: an attempt to create an illusion of three dimensions.


  • Title: Bacchus as a child
  • Date Created: ca. 1640
  • Technique: oil on canvas
  • Provenance: Probably from the collection of Czartoryskis' family in Wilanów in the 18th c. Noted in 1821 by Stanisław Kostka Potocki , the owner of the palace from 1799.
  • Physical Dimensions: w1060 x h1210 mm
  • Painter: Jacob Jordaens
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Wilanów Palace Museum, Photo: Z. Reszka

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