The Alliance of Bacchus and Cupid


Antoine Coypel ( French, 1661 - 1722 )

c. 1702
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General Description

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.

Adapted from

  • DMA label copy, n.d.

  • DMA label copy, 1993.

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