The Triumph of Bacchus

Nicolas Poussin1635 - 1636

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Bacchus, the god of wine, leads this entourage of mythological characters in a triumphal return from victories in India. His chariot is drawn by centaurs, mythical creatures who are half human and half horse. Accompanying him are Pan with his pipes and Hercules, who has stolen a tripod from Apollo, the sun god, seen driving his chariot across the sky. A river god, symbolizing the river Indus and the Indian subcontinent, lounges in the lower right foreground. Nicolas Poussin spent most of his career in Rome and was the prime inspiration for the classical revival in French art. This painting was one of a series of three commissioned by the famous French statesman Cardinal Richelieu.

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  • Title: The Triumph of Bacchus
  • Creator: Nicolas Poussin
  • Date Created: 1635 - 1636
  • Physical Dimensions: w1511.3 x h1282.7 in (Unframed)
  • Culture: French
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust
  • External Link: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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