Bacchanal (Titian)

Bacchanal (Titian)

Artist Titian

Date ca. 1518

Movement High Renaissance

Medium Oil on canvas

Dimensions 5’8.5″ x 6’6″

Housed at Museo del Prado, Madrid


Commissioned by the duke of Ferrara, Alfonso d’Este, to adorn his Camerino d’Alabastro (Little Room of Alabaster). Titan reinterprets the writings of the Roman Philostratus for this work, and depicts the inhabitants of the island of Andros after having come across a river of wine. Having been influenced by the works of Raphael and Michelangelo, Titian’s figures express significantly more animation than those of Giorgione’s; however, they do so much less forcefully than their Roman counterparts – they almost appear to twist and dance in slow motion; this aloofness in the individuals, coupled with the work’s warm, dreamy tones, help to present an easy, inviting mood to the viewer.