Logo of Basel Historical Museum
Sculpture

Bacchic group

Key data

Netherlands, 1st half 18th century

Cast lead

height 12 cm

Inv. 1906.2015.

Description

This small group showing two fauns and two nymphs entwined in a bacchanalian dance translates a pictorial invention of Rubens into a statuette. The motif is taken from the painting known as The Feast of Venus in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The immediate model for the lead cast was a boxwood sculpture in the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin, that is attributed to an artist in Rubens's circle, Lucas Faidherbe of Mechelen (1617-1697). The Basle collector Daniel Bruckner (1707-1781) mistakenly associated the prototype of the group with the Roman excavations in Augst and commented in 1763: "With regard to artistic value, this is the most noble piece to have been found among the sculptures in Augst, as, when making it, the artist forgot all sense of shame". The version in his collection, however, would only have been a cast after the original, which had by then been sold to a collection in England.

Selection of similar objects

 
Contact

Basel Historical Museum
Management & administration
Steinenberg 4
PO box
CH – 4001 Basel

Reception: +41 61 205 86 00
historisches.museum(at)bs.ch

Sign up for our newsletter
Logo: FacebookLogo: InstagramLogo: YouTube
Logo: Culture inclusive
Open today from 10 AM to 5 PM
Open today from 11 AM to 5 PM
Open today from 11 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday to Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday to Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday to Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM