This work of art represents Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication. According to the classic iconography Bacchus is naked and wears a crown of vine or ivy leaves, is usually holding a bunch of grapes or a cup of wine, sometimes carrying a basket of fruit. Caravaggio depicts him seeds lying on a kind of Roman triclinium covered by white the robe that he's wearing. The face is flushed and the hand holding the glass of wine rather uncertain, perhaps symbols of drunkenness. In front of him are a jug of wine and a fruit basket. We do not know exactly the character that the artist used as a model for the painting, perhaps it is the same Caravaggio or maybe Mario Minniti, his close friend and companion. The painting was commissioned to Caravaggio by Cardinal Francesco Maria Bourbon del Monte, his protector, as gift to Ferdinando de' Medici in occasion of the wedding of his son Cosimo II.
Author: MichelangeloMerisi da Caravaggio
Uffizi Room n°: Sala Caravaggio
Year: 1596 - 1597
Style: Primo Barocco
Techics: Olio su tela
Size: 95 x 85 cm