The works written by the famous Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens belong to the Baroque painting. One of the most famous works of the painter is the image of Silenus. This picture is also called "Drunk Silenus."
In Greek mythology, Silenus was considered one of the rural gods. He presented people in the image of a cheerful old man, drunk, but at the same time very wise and possessing the gift of prophecy. Therefore, in most paintings he was portrayed as drunk, lounging on his back or supported from two sides. He could also be portrayed in a cart pulled by donkeys, but certainly drunk, cheerful and contented with life.
In his picture, Rubens also portrayed Silenus the drunk, unable to move independently. He is supported by a satyr to help him stay on his feet. All this happens surrounded by beautiful nymphs, little cupids and the Maenad (the beautiful admirer of Dionysus). In his creation, the painter wanted to reflect the earthly origin, emanating from nature, fertility and cheerful noise. And he did it very well.
The work maintains a noisy atmosphere of bacchanalia. The faces of the nymphs and satyrs are cheerful and content. A gentle twig of ripe grapes, as the main source of wine, symbolizes the holiday and festivities. The picture is distinguished by its sketchy free technique and variety of color. In this case, the whole variety of colors and shades is combined into a single golden stream, which displays on the one hand the movement of the human body, and on the other hand - the air masses.
The talented artist in his work portrayed the mythical gods of the elements and fertility, a rich harvest that engendered the natural beginning of mankind as lovers of holidays, festivities, fun. They are a symbol of endless noise and love of life.
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