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Regarding Michelangelo's "Bacchus"

Ralph Lieberman
Artibus et Historiae
Vol. 22, No. 43 (2001), pp. 65-74
Published by: IRSA s.c.
DOI: 10.2307/1483653
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1483653
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Regarding Michelangelo's "Bacchus"
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Abstract

Michelangelo's "Bacchus", a more subtle and complex work of figure sculpture than has been recognized, can be fully understood only when it is seen from several different angles by a spectator walking around it. In some views the figure seems to be lurching and off-balance, while in others he appears stable and gracefully poised. This study is an analysis of the varying impressions gained from a number of significant views of the figure, and argues that Michelangelo consciously sought to add a temporal dimension to the work by having Bacchus appear to lose, regain, then lose his balance again.

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