Midas und Bacchus

Midas und Bacchus

Dating
um 1624
More about this artwork
Silenus, Bacchus’s tutor, was left behind by the god of wine’s retinue; King Midas found him and took him back. In gratitude Bacchus agreed to fulfil Midas’s wish: everything that he touched turned to gold. Even food was transformed—and Midas had to starve. He implored Bacchus to free him from this fatal gift. The painting shows the scene at the beginning of the tale: Midas is telling Bacchus of his wish. In the background on the right the outcome can be seen: Midas is washing himself in the River Pactolus that from then on was a stream of gold.
Displayed
AP OG Saal XI
Inventory Number
528
Birth year of the artist
1594
Year the artist deceased
1665
Dimensions of the object
98,5 x 153 cm
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Genre
Malerei
Origin
Von Kurfürst Max Emanuel erworben. - Aus Schloss Nymphenburg.
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Nicolas Poussin, Midas und Bacchus, um 1624, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/Qlx2QeQ4Xq (Last updated on 18.01.2022)

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