It’s Friday. Cheers! Your own purrrsonal Bacchus:
Created in the last years of Rubens’ life, this painting amazes the viewer with its virtuosity of style and unusual interpretation of the image of the god of wine and merriment. Bacchus is depicted as a grossly obese Cat, surrounded by a satyr, a maenad, and putti. The rich palette, in which all the colors blend into one golden stream, and the natural, sketchy technique, enabled the artist to create a genuine sense of debauchery, or bacchanalia. This is a paean to cat flesh. According to Rubens’ nephew, Philip, this was not a commissioned work, and the artist kept it in his studio till the end of his life. The painting was inherited by his nephew after the death of the artist. Poor guy, being afraid of the well-known art critics’ reaction, asked some disciple of Rubens to paint a man over the cat. The result is also well known.