By Gian Lorenzo Bernini / Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children / 17th century (ca. 1616-17)By Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children
17th century (ca. 1616-17)

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Creator Name: Bernini, Gian Lorenzo
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Dates/Places: 1598-1680
Creator Name-CRT: By Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Title: Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children
View: Alternate View
Creation Start Date: 1616
Creation End Date: 1617
Creation Date: 17th century (ca. 1616-17)
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H. 52 in. (132.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1976.92
Credit Line: Purchase, The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, Fletcher, Rogers, and Louis V. Bell Funds, and Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1976

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was the heroic central figure in Italian Baroque sculpture. The influence of his father, the Florentine-born Pietro, can be seen here in the buoyant forms and cottony texture of the Bacchanal. The liveliness and strongly accented diagonals, however, are the distinctive contribution of the young Gian Lorenzo. Although about eighteen when he made this work, he already displayed what would become a lifelong interest in the rendering of emotional and spiritual exaltation. The Bacchanal reveals the young Bernini's intensive study of bacchic subject matter.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1976.92
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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