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Le triomphe de Bacchus 

The Triumph of Bacchus is a painting by the Walloon artist Michaelina Wautier. It was painted between 1650 and 1656 and is one of Wautier’s greatest works, as well as her largest. Based on classical texts, the picture shows a procession with the drunken god Bacchus at its centre, surrounded by other humans, satyrs, and animals. It is notable for its large number of nude male figures, something uncommon from a woman artist in this period.[1]

On the far right is a self=portrait of the artist,[1] notably the only figure looking directly out at the viewer. Unlike the other figures, she appears somewhat detached from the excitement and is paying no attention to the man trying to touch her. At her feet are two children playing with a goat.

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