Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 24 items Explore
  • 47 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,513 items Explore
  • 89 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 39 items
  • 9,883 items Explore
  • 208 items Explore
  • 1,210 items Explore
  • 7,417 items Explore
  • 4,946 items Explore
  • 75 items Explore
  • 104 items Explore
  • 9,265 items Explore
  • 154 items Explore
  • 4,283 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 121 items Explore
  • 2,032 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,690 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 18,050 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,904 items Explore
  • 961 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 5,133 items Explore
  • 399 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 923 items Explore
  • 1 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 9 items
  • 15,033 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 70 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 798 items
  • 20 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 304 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 55 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 133 items
  • 2 items
  • 107 items Explore
  • 116 items
  • 899 items Explore
  • 833 items
  • 91 items
  • 27 items
  • 7 items
  • 22,275 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,266 items Explore
  • 1,452 items Explore
  • 352 items
  • 192 items Explore
  • 7,647 items Explore
  • 8,887 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 5,744 items Explore
  • 5,357 items Explore
  • 4,026 items Explore
  • 857 items Explore
  • 859 items Explore
  • 2,474 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 314 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,467 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 308 items Explore
  • 727 items Explore
  • 783 items Explore
  • 476 items Explore
  • 896 items Explore
  • 928 items
  • 89 items
  • 125 items Explore
  • 5,171 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 1 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 22 items
  • 58 items
  • 302 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 3,241 items Explore
  • 1,289 items Explore
  • 69 items
  • 43 items
  • 17,442 items Explore
  • 1,091 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 43 items
  • 7 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 23 items
  • 252 items
  • 311 items
  • 962 items Explore
  • 1,893 items
  • 523 items Explore
  • 1,662 items
  • 562 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 3,727 items Explore
  • 29,322 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,055 items Explore
  • 189 items Explore
  • 6,770 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 719 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 65 items
  • 157 items
  • 52 items
  • 18,619 items Explore
  • 824 items
  • 17 items
  • 2 items
  • 16,209 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 1,862 items Explore
  • 1,021 items Explore
  • 45 items
  • 371 items
  • 3,263 items Explore
  • 79 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 473 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 19 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 68 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 112 items
  • 272 items
  • 760 items
  • 719 items
  • 1 items
  • 342 items Explore
  • 459 items Explore
  • 10,410 items Explore
  • 689 items Explore
  • 5,846 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 4,787 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,125 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 9,145 items Explore
  • 6,298 items Explore
  • 181 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 845 items Explore
  • 17 items
  • 3,837 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 194 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,486 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 698 items Explore
  • 35 items
  • 1 items
  • 114 items
  • 3,188 items Explore
  • 12,125 items Explore
  • 2,698 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 7,391 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 1 items
  • 21,531 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 13,862 items Explore
  • 3,290 items Explore
  • 1,643 items Explore
  • 162 items
  • 27,460 items Explore
  • 634 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 20,948 items Explore
  • 150 items
  • 1 items
  • 16 items
  • 30 items
  • 814 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 192 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 14,769 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 13 items
  • 25 items
  • 2,174 items Explore
  • 855 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 1 items
  • 186 items
  • 587 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 2,080 items Explore
  • 780 items Explore
  • 1,833 items Explore
  • 135 items
  • 30 items
  • 632 items Explore
  • 2,692 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 5,642 items Explore
  • 15,453 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 1,194 items
  • 169 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 7 items
  • 77 items
  • 9,784 items Explore
  • 3,484 items Explore
  • 2,618 items Explore
  • 4,670 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 56 items
  • 5,833 items Explore
  • 4,027 items Explore
  • 463 items Explore
  • 2,255 items Explore
  • 1,751 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,273 items Explore
  • 41 items
  • 216 items Explore
  • 365 items Explore
  • 5,677 items Explore
  • 8,647 items Explore
  • 1,825 items Explore
  • 2,150 items Explore
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 7,275 items Explore
  • 72 items
  • 2,489 items Explore
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 593 items Explore
  • 614 items Explore
  • 60 items
  • 16 items
  • 137 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 73 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 466 items
  • 934 items
  • 3,570 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8,193 items Explore
  • 45 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 44 items
  • 3 items
  • 12,952 items Explore
  • 1,241 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 4,812 items Explore
  • 768 items Explore
  • 1,977 items
  • 4,257 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,277 items Explore
  • 1,334 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,553 items Explore
  • 15,785 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 26 items
  • 5,407 items Explore
  • 7,162 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 11 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,513 items Explore
  • 251 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 423 items
  • 117 items Explore
  • 7,266 items Explore
  • 45 items
  • 20,183 items Explore
  • 6,606 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 18 items
  • 193 items Explore
  • 279 items
  • 110 items Explore
  • 10,843 items Explore
  • 54 items
  • 16 items
  • 67 items
  • 4 items
  • 316 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 172 items
  • 3,252 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,213 items Explore
  • 1,587 items Explore
  • 567 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 1,079 items Explore
  • 96 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 253 items Explore
  • 55,435 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,627 items Explore
  • 2,639 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 3,230 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 10,516 items Explore
  • 5,341 items
  • 7 items
  • 658 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 1 items
  • 468 items
  • 40 items
  • 72 items
  • 29 items
  • 412 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,057 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 463 items
  • 46 items
  • 7,631 items Explore
  • 9 items
  • 947 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 14,175 items Explore
  • 93 items
  • 17 items
  • 5 items
  • 302 items
  • 2 items
  • 544 items Explore
  • 1,693 items Explore
  • 765 items Explore
  • 154 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Bacchus (Dionysus), Ampelos, Silenus and a Maenad

Robert Fagan (Cork c.1745 – Rome 1816)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1793 - 1795

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1092 x 1473 mm (43 x 58 in)

Place of origin

Italy

Order this image

Collection

Attingham Park, Shropshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Attingham Park, Shropshire, Midlands, National Trust

NT 609084

Caption

Robert Fagan was a somewhat bohemian figure of Irish parentage who lived in Rome from 1784 to 1807, painting portraits, excavating and selling classical sculpture, and dealing in Old Masters. In a fit of melancholia in 1816 he committed suicide by throwing himself out of a window. All four grisailles (monochrome paintings) by him at Attingham were presumably commissioned by Thomas Noel Hill, 2nd Lord Berwick (1770-1832), on his visit to Italy in July 1792. This was copied after a Roman marble relief, now in the Museo Nazionale, Naples. Ampelos was a beautiful youth with whom Bacchus fell in love. He gave Ampelos a vine laden with grapes as a token of his love. The vine hung from the branches of an elm tree, and Ampelos climbed the tree to pick the fruit and fell to his death. Bacchus named the vine ampelos after him that he might be remembered forever.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Bacchus (Dionysus), Ampelos, Silenus and a Maenad by Robert Fagan (Cork c.1745 – Rome 1816), 1793/95. A grisaille overdoor. Five full-length figures, left to right; muscular male striding forward to the left with his left leg forward, back turned to spectator, carrying a large open-topped vessel on his left shoulder, supported at the bottom by his left hand and on the top by his right, wearing an animal skin loincloth loosely tied at the waist, a small drape billowing from his right shoulder and wrapping itself around the trunk of a palm? tree; a naked Bacchus with a diaphanous drape across his thighs and knees is striding forward to left, his left leg forward his body facing but leaning to the right, his head turned, almost profile to right, holding in his right hand a Thyrsus (a wand tipped with a pine cone – an ancient fertility symbol), his left arm around the shoulders of naked Ampelus, who strides forward with his right leg, facing, head to left profile, wearing a small diaphanous drape hanging from his right shoulder, his left hand holds a Thyrsus, between the feet of Bacchus and Ampelos is a dog, turned to the left, head turned upwards to right, behind Ampelos, to the right, is a naked child also holding the Thyrsus in his right hand and a jug in his left, behind him to the far right is a maenad playing an aulos, striding forward with her right foot, wearing classical robes. After the original of a Dionysus procession, marble relief, Roman, 50 AD. in the Museo Nazionale, Naples - with a figure of a Maenad with cymbals and a small boy omitted by Fagan.

Provenance

Presumably commissioned by Thomas Noel Hill, 2nd Lord Berwick (1770-1832) on his visit to Naples in 1792/3; bequeathed to the National Trust in 1947 with the estate, house and contents of Attingham by Thomas Henry Noel-Hill, 8th Baron Berwick (1877-1947) on 15th May 1953.

Credit line

Attingham Park, The Berwick Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

Robert Fagan (Cork c.1745 – Rome 1816), artist

View more details