A Bacchanalian Revel in the Woods

Creation date
charcoal on off-white laid paper
17 1/8 x 24 1/2 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of Mr. Benno Bordiga
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Not Currently On View

While in Rome in the 1770s, Henry Fuseli steered his fellow English artists in an important new direction.  He convinced George Romney and others that English literature was rich in paintable themes.  While the inspiration for this Romney drawing may ultimately derive from the Greek tales of Bacchus and his dancing band of followers, its spirit may be found closer to home in the nocturnal woodland revels of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream or John Milton's Comus.

Mr. Benno Bordiga; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1974
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