Arcimboldo / Auctions / OLD MASTERS - Sept 14, 2019 / Cornelis Holsteijn (1618 - 1658)–Bacchus

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Cornelis Holsteijn (1618 - 1658)


oil on wood panel 76.0 x 104.0 cm

Starting price:
180 000 CZK / 7 200 EUR
Price realized:
0 CZK / 0 EUR

Auction:OLD MASTERS - Sept 14, 2019 14/09/2019, 17:00

In Cornelis Holsteijn’s work, he focused mainly on painting historical allegories and mythological themes. The artist was probably trained by his father, who was a glass painter. This painting depicts Dionysus, god of wine and unbridled merriment, and his mistress Semele. He is comfortably seated on a leopard skin, with a typical vine wreath on his head, in the embrace of naked women and a satyr servant, pouring wine into a large ornate cup. The scene is set in open countryside, in the shelter of rocks. In the trees, two small satyrs play and the grouping is accompanied by a goat.
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