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Adrien van Stalbemt (1580-1662) Wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne
Adrien van Stalbemt (1580-1662) Wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne - Paintings & Drawings Style Louis XIII Adrien van Stalbemt (1580-1662) Wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne -
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Period :
17th century
Artist :
Adrien Van Stalbemt
Dimensions :
l. 24.41 inch X H. 17.72 inch
Paintings & Drawings  - Adrien van Stalbemt (1580-1662) Wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne 17th century - Adrien van Stalbemt (1580-1662) Wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne
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Adrien van Stalbemt (1580-1662) Wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne

Our painting with rich and intense colors features a favorite subject of Nordic painters of the early 17th century, the feast of the Gods.
Here the gods and goddesses installed near a cave are gathered to celebrate the wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne, the couple placed in the center of the painting.
Ariane, a young woman with delicate features, a diadem in her hair, holds in her left hand the book of songs, while her right hand tightens her husband's fingers. Traditionally wearing an ivy crown, Bacchus seems utterly in love with his wife and strokes her arm. The two couples invited to the party, intertwine and kiss each other, while the two women on the left play music, one using her bow viola da gamba and the other by pinching the strings of her lute.
A turbaned servant in the foreground hurries to fill the jug of wine.
The winged putti fly over the characters, an Amour spreads flowers to celebrate the event, while the other cherub is on the point to send his arrow towards the guests.
The bare bodies with prominent musculature are partially covered with silk mantles of different colors: blue, green, red and purple. The painter executes the fluid drapes while modeling the folds, hollows and ridges with differents shades of color.
These naked human bodies are for the artist the opportunity to demonstrate his anatomical knowledge and his talent in the play of light adn shade.
On the left a landscape with an opening on the peaceful countryside and the distant horizon contrasts with the festivities in the foreground.
Our work also includes elements of still life such as the basket of fruit in the foreground and some fish bones and ewers with metallic gold and silver reflections.
The fine and precise drawing of our artist makes the details of the painting realistic while his virtuosity in handling the brush carves the drapes, models the figures and thanks to a clever lighr, the scene is illuminated and animated.
The richness of our painting lies in the association of several genres: portrait, mythological scenes, still life and landscape.
It is the work of a painter active in Antwerp between 1609 and 1629, member of the Guild of St. Luke, Adrien Van Stalbemt.
Painter with multiple talents, he excels in the field of landscape as much as in the mythological scenes.
At the beginning of his career he devoted himself to the landscape, working closely with Jan Brueghel de Velours, whose influence is evident in the execution of landscapes with extreme meticulousness. Adrien Van Stalbemt elaborates the refined foliage and uses the blue-green color with multiple gradations. Stalbemt and Brueghel work together for the realization of some works, such as the triumph of David on Goliath (Prado Museum), signed by both painters and dated 1618. In 1620, Adriaen van Stalbemt reaches his personal style. Inspired by the mythological scenes of Hendrick van Balen, he executes them with more maturity and freedom in the treatment of contrasts, shades and light, bringing greater expressiveness to the characters and a better quality in the representation of fabrics and drapery. This mature style is evident in one of the rare paintings signed and dated by the artist: The Feast of Gods, 1622, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Dresden, Germany.
Our painting, dated by Dr. Klaus Ertz about 1620s, fits perfectly into this period of maturity, when the artist skilfully executes the landscape and figures and provides them with a rich colour palette and theatrical light.

Excellent condition, oil on copper.
Adrien Van Stalbemt, Antwerp, circa 1620.
Dimensions: h. 45 cm, l. 62 cm
A later frame with tortoiseshell veneer on a red background serves as a reminder of the shimmering colors of the painting.
Dimensions with frame: h. 64 cm, l. 78.5 cm.


Expertise of Dr. Klaus Ertz of October 2019 will be given to the purchaser.

The feast or wedding of the gods is a subject in vogue at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. The many Northern painters have developed this theme - among them Hans Rottenhammer, Hendrick de Clerck, Joachim Wtewal, Frans Francken II, Hendrick van Balen, Gillis van Valckenborch, Rubens or Jordaens. Frequently offered as a wedding gift, the subjects represented are often linked to an episode drawn from Greek-Latin literature; the weddings of the gods and heroes seemed the best opportunities to feature the divine banquet. It allows the painter to make a metaphorical correspondence between the subject of the painting and the real marriage of the sponsor: thus are invoked the wedding of Bacchus and Ariadne, of Neptune and Amphitrite, of Peleus and Thetis, of Psyche and Cupid.

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