Monday, April 6, 2009

And you thought Hermes was a crazy baby...

As many of us know, Bacchus is the young god depicted in the story
of Pentheus and Bacchus in Metamorphosis. What you may not know is that he is the god of wine, and patron of intoxication, fertility, and abundance...and he is a contender in the crazy god baby category.

In this one he rides a leopard... painted by the German painter Franz von Stuck.

And in this one, he is clearly drinking wine and... urinating. Painted by Guido Reni in 1623.

Talk about having a good time!

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