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The son of Jupiter and Semele, Bacchus, conqueror of the Indies, is still more celebrated as the god of the grape. His beauty is not that of Apollo, nor of Hercules, it seems, says Winkelmann, to participate more of the eunuch's nature; he is constantly represented with plump and delicate limbs; his fleshy hips, as well as his knees, present something of a feminine appearance, and his head is covered with long, curly, and flowing hair.
In this statue some imperfections are beheld from which it is presumed to be the work of several sculptors. The head, admirable for the expression, leaves nothing to desire, whilst the lower extremities have not that finesse which might be expected in a statue of so excellent an ensemble, whose very graceful attitude, and pliant movement cannot but excite admiration. Hence it is inferred to be a copy issued from one of the workshops of the manufacturing sculptors of antiquity, but it aught to be remembered that, formerly as well as now, the statues of marble have always been copies made after models executed by the statuary himself.
In this statue of grecian marble, the two hands, the lower arms, as well as the right leg and part of the left foot, are modern. It is believed to have been sent to France by the Primatice, where it came into the possession of cardinal Richelieu, who had it conveyed to his château du Poitou; the marshal Richelieu had it brought back to his hotel in Paris, towards the middle of the last century : it is now at the Louvre.
Height, 6 feet 4 inches.