The Triumph of Bacchus, Peter van LINT

Peter van LINT

The Triumph of Bacchus

Oil on copper, 104.9x128cm


Great Bacchanal painting after the presentation of the painting in the Palazzo Borghese, Rome. Bacchus as a boy monument adhesive on a base, increased to a wine barrel sitting, a wine glass uplifting, behind niche figure with a view to a park. The base is surrounded by numerous children who identify themselves by their attributes as trivialized gods of Olympus: leftmost Amor, followed by Apollo and Flora, on the right edge of Neptune, left Pomona, behind Pan etc.

After becoming a master in 1632, Pieter van Lint left Antwerp for Rome, where he worked for a prominent family as well as for a Roman Catholic cardinal. While in Rome he painted a series of frescoes illustrating the legend of the History of the True Cross. During this period, van Lint made his most successful drawings– copies after the antique and after great Renaissance masters, richly rendered in chalk. He returned to Antwerp in 1640, where he continued to paint in a classicizing manner, often displaying the influence of Caravaggio.

Although van Lint is most admired for his chalk studies, he also painted portraits and religious and mythological scenes. According to his diary, he spent a number of years working with a Flemish artist known for his life-size compositions featuring religious and mythological subjects.

Van Lint’s work is represented in many major museums around the world, including the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Lichtenstein Museum.


Private collection, Switzerland.


BRAFA 2016

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