Classical Contrasts 17 – Dionysus

Dionysus (Greek) or Bacchus (Roman) god of agriculture, wine and fertility, also ritual madness and religious ecstasy.  Depicted as a mature bearded figure or later youthful and beardless His plants were vines and twirling ivy.  Son of Zeus and Semele or Zeus and Persephone

Figures Italian (possibly Neapolitan) School, c. 1895-1925, marble; Park Close, Englefield Green, Surrey.

Young Dionysus, Anglesey Abbey
Mature Dionysus, Anglesey Abbey
Aged Dionysus, Anglesey Abbey
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