BUST OF BACCHANTE by Jean-Baptiste Lebroc
Exceptional central museum sculpture in white Carrara marble on a piedouche.
Bust represents a young charming, laughing and topless Bacchante. She wears a fabric covered with the skin of a fawn over her shoulder, pinned in the centre with a rose. Her long hair is entwined with a crown of vine leaves and bunches of grapes.
Bacchantes are the priestesses of Bacchus, often represented around the god of wine and festivity. They indulged in the Bacchanalia, nights of jubilation and drinking where they became delirious, brushing aside their inhibitions.
– Rose: symbol of pure love.
– Fawn skin: symbol of vitality and animal power, worn by the followers of Bacchus.
-Vine and grape: attributes of Bacchus, symbols of nature, celebration and drunkenness.
Signed on the side of the Lebroc marble.
Exhibited at the Salon des Artistes in 1864 in Paris under number 2670, titled Une bacchante.
Height: 96 cm – Diameter: 57 cm
Column height: 110 cm – 60 x 60 cm
Total height: 206 cm