Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bacchus and Infant Faun

This is part of a late 19th century sculpture by Frederick MacMonnies, on exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

There is something exuberant about Bacchus' expression that I like.  The faun does not seem happy to be in Bacchus' clutches.  That should bother me.

(Subsequent note:  This is actually Bacchante and the infant Faun.  In response to comments, I re-checked the label next to the statue, which I had also photographed.  I had wondered why Bacchus seemed so feminine . . . )

18 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Wow thanks so much for taking me there with you in this exhibition, I love art and it's so interesting!
Léia

Farmchick said...

Interesting sculpture and good expression on the faces.

Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing this....I would never had known it existed otherwise!
Quite the faces!

Sharon said...

Exuberant is a good way to describe it! I like that little glimpse inside the museum.

Randy said...

I think the faun is anticipating that it will be fed grapes.

Halcyon said...

Babies + wine typically do not mix. No wonder the poor thing looks so unhappy! :)

Lynette said...

Jack, I just saw a live shot of the snow in Hartford. What a mess y'all have. All we ended up with, I think but don't know for sure since I have not been outside yet, is rain at my elevation. Jeff Rosen just said you have 15 inches already. He's outside the state capitol building. Two to four inches an hour! I do hope you and yours are OK.

cieldequimper said...

I'm kind of shocked at Bacchus myself! Didn't imagine such a lovely lady...

RedPat said...

Lovely sculpture! I am glad you include the long view - I had thought it was a huge piece. Nice one.

Bergson said...

j'aime cette sculpture, elle a une tête amusante

Leif Hagen said...

As a fellow "culture vulture," I would also enjoy a spin around that art display!

JM said...

If you haven't posted the bottom shot I would have never guessed (this) Bacchus is so small... :-) Great composition on top.

Youth_in_Asia said...

The top photo makes it look so huge. It's a beautiful sculpture. Nice shot.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I thought Bacchus was a male figure. I guess my classical education is somewhat lacking.

VP said...

She is not Bacchus, but one of his followers, this is a 'Bacchante and Infant Faun'.

Jacob said...

I often neglect to read labels. And that can lead to mistakes. But, hey, at my age, who cares? :-)

Nice photos. Bacchus or Bacchante - I like.

And I'm glad you found something to do in the cold and snow!

I was supposed to golf this morning, but at 10 am it was still only about 30 degrees with a north wind. I canceled!

Ilse said...

We have a sculpture that looks like this in the courtyard of the Boston Public Library, but without the baby. Must be the same artist.

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

I like it! One handed baby holding - quite the trick!