Claude (called Clodion) Michel

A Nymph Carrying the Infant Bacchus

1799
After his mortal mother’s death, Jupiter’s son Bacchus was raised by nymphs. The jugs and the cup he holds evoke his role as god of wine. Clodion specialized in terracotta – baked clay – statuettes, handling his material with extraordinary skill and refinement. Such works are meant for intimate contemplation – every detail is to be enjoyed, and the sculpture can be viewed from all angles. Rather than paying homage to “grand” and heroic myth, Clodion instead favoured another aspect of Antiquity – the lyrical, elegant and erotically-chared – much appreciated during the late 18th century.
Title
A Nymph Carrying the Infant Bacchus
Date
1799
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
terracotta
Dimensions
50 x 19.2 x 19.7 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
17165