Bacchanalian Children

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In this print seven Bacchanal children are at play with a goat in a landscape. The god Bacchus is seated facing backwards leaning on stones. Bartolozzi was an Italian engraver famous for reproducing other artists' work with prints. Through reproduction, he critically reinterpreted those works, contributing to the circulation of the baroque and neoclassical taste. Bartolozzi gained recognition for his abilities as an engraver and was invited to work in England in the 1760s, where this print was made.

He became the leading exponent of the stipple technique, which involves creating images using dots rather than lines. This technique allowed for a softer and more delicate rendering of tones, making it well-suited for reproducing drawings and paintings.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery



Bacchanalian Children




line engraving on paper


H 26.6 x W 40.1 cm

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Marcantonio Franceschini inv / F Bartolozzi del et sculp in Londra 1765


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