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Bacchus, also known as The Young Baco, shows the portrait of the young Baco leaning on some kind of couch or ottoman, facing the viewer with a very intense and powerful gaze. This painting was produced around the year of 1596 when the troubles in Caravaggio’s life were coming to an end, and he was settling on the household of Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte after leaving the house of Giuseppe Cesari.
There are two theses about this painting: that it represents the mundane tastes of the elite circle that used to attend the Cardinal’s house. Others say that it’s just the portrait of a boy dressed as Baco, with no symbolic meaning behind it. Some research suggests that Caravaggio painted it with a mirror, modeling for himself. It is known that he used this technique before, and a couple of years ago, it was found out that he included a miniature self-portrait on the glass of wine.
In the center of the painting and it’s possible to see the reference of previous half-length portraits Caravaggio did years before painting the boys with baskets of fruits. There is a table in front of Baco filled with fruits and leaves. Caravaggio added realistic details to the fruits, showing some of them rotting, going bad and with holes and black spots on them. Green, luscious leaves share the basket with some yellow, dry ones. There is a round, elegant jar of red wine to the right-hand side of Baco and on his left hand, he holds a very exotic, wide, and shallow glass filled with the same red wine that is on top of the table. One of the evidence that Caravaggio would be using a mirror is that it all indicates that the left hand that is holding the glass would, in fact, be a right hand mirrored.
He is covered in white drapery and leaning against a striped beige and blue ottoman. On his head, he wears green and orange vine leaves and grapes. His hair is thick and opulent, and it was probably a wig wore by the artist or the model. His pale skin contrasts with the dark brown hair, and the background is ochre. Although the colors are not particularly vibrant, the palette is warm and cozy. There is not much contrast between the model and the environment, leaving all the elements of the painting very visible.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Bacchus c. 1596, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Bacchus c. 1596 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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