Jean-Guillame Moitte / Bacchnalian Frieze / 1787 - 1790Jean-Guillame Moitte
Bacchnalian Frieze
1787 - 1790

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Creator Name: Moitte, Jean Guillaume
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1746 - 1810
Creator Name-CRT: Jean-Guillame Moitte
Title: Bacchnalian Frieze
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1787
Creation End Date: 1790
Creation Date: 1787 - 1790
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: pen, black Chinese ink and wash, green wash, white gouache on blue paper
Dimensions: H.7-3/8 x W.32-1/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 83.71
Credit Line: Gift of Funds from the Prints and Drawings Council, John DeLaittre, Dr. and Mrs. John E. Larkin, Jr., Mr. and Mrs DeCourcy McIntosh, Andrea Bond, Charles Skrief and three anonymous donors.

Between 1783 and 1810, Moitte achieved fame as a monumental sculptor and a prolific draftsman. During his brief tenure at the French Academy at Rome, Moitte became obsessed with ancient, Graeco-Roman art, which he emulated throughout his career. Moitte was also a highly influential designer of prints, ornaments, furniture and gold smithing--all inspired formally and thematically by antiquity.

The present drawing depicts a festival of Pan-the half-man, half-goat, god of shepherds, flocks and fertility. A faun and maenads usher shy maidens toward an image of Pan to perform a fertility rite as the idol is crowned with ivy leaves. A tottering old satyr, supported by a child, sounds reed pipes, and a maenad clangs cymbals as revelers pour wine, carouse and embrace.

Inspired by ancient Roman bas-reliefs, Moitte's celebrants are disposed in a frieze boldly highlighted against a dark background painted with a brush and black Chinese ink. The black ground was derived from Etruscan vases and Pompeian wall painting.

AMICA ID: MIA_.83.71
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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