Venus, Bacchus and Ceres

Bartholomäus Spranger

Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner

Bartholomäus Spranger (1546–1611)

Venus, Bacchus and Ceres

Oil on canvas

Inv. no. 68

Venus, Bacchus and Ceres


The theme of the depiction is a saying by the Roman poet Terence: Sine Baccho et Cerere friget Venus Without Bacchus and Ceres, Venus freezes. Venus seeks the company of Ceres, the goddess of crops, and of the wine god Bacchus. For the pleasure of love requires earthly nourishment. 


The two paintings in Graz belonged to a cycle which was commissioned by Rudolf II in Prague. The cycle deals with the nature of love, a popular subject of erudite conversations.

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