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oil on canvas
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
9 1/4 in x 19 1/4 in
- Inscriptions & Markings
signature/maker's mark: unsigned
- Collection Area
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
- Accession Number
Henry Ferguson's career led him from the Netherlands to Italy to England, where he painted numerous landscapes featuring fantasy ruins for an aristocratic clientele. Contemporaries criticized his landscapes as too dark and gloomy, but praised his depiction of classical sculpture, so this imaginary frieze may well have been cut from its surrounding landscape. The freize depicts a procession of the followers of Bacchus, the god of wine, whose festivals were characterized by unrestrained consumption and revelry. Nymphs and satyrs make music and dance around Silenus, Bacchus's tutor, who is so inebriated that he must be supported.