Bacco scoperto miele [The Discovery of Honey by Bacchus] by Piero Di Cosimo, painting on panel 1499. Worcester Art Museum, USA.
Description: Piero di Cosimo, who painted a number of important religious pictures, was a rather mysterious artist, his eccentric personality reflected especially in his paintings of strange animals and fantastic scenes. In this allegoricak setting the mythological figures of Bacchus and Ariadne, in the right foreground, are accompained by satyrs and maenads who make noise to attract a swarm of bees to settle in a hollow tree. The result is the discovery of honey, considered a step forward in the history of civilization which is symbolized in the background by the juxtaposition of an idyllic view of a town (on the left) and a wild and forbidding landscape (on the right).
Credit and Source - Worcester Art Museum, USA.
Piero di Cosimo (1462-1522), also known as Piero di Lorenzo, was a Florentine painter of the Italian Renaissance.
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