The Alliance of Bacchus and Cupid
Antoine Coypel ( French, 1661 - 1722 )
- c. 1702
This late 17th-century mythological scene by Antoine Coypel symbolizes the union of Cupid, the god of love, and Bacchus, the god wine. Both deities are youthful figures, with Bacchus as a handsome young man, and Cupid a boy just verging on adolescence. Venus looks on from her cloud overhead while Cupid and Bacchus drink a toast to their alliance. Others join in the celebration: three Graces dance at left, and creatures from Bacchus's company, including fauns, cavort at right. Coypel painted this work for a private patron and exhibited it at the Salon of 1704.
DMA label copy, n.d.
DMA label copy, 1993.
The British Museum, London
Check out this 1717 portrait of Antoine Coypel.
Museo del Prado, Madrid
Read a biography of Antoine Coypel.
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
View a drawing of an angel by Coypel.
National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh
See a portrait of Coypel and his son, Charles Antoine Coypel by Gaspard Duchange.
Chateau de Versailles
Explore the Royal Chapel of Versailles. Antoine Coypel painted the center panel of the ceiling, God the Father in his Glory.