Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Myths, folklore, and symbolism
Andrians: Inhabitants of the Aegean island of Andros, famous for its wine, and therefore a centre of the worship of Bacchus in antiquity. Legend told that the god visited the island annually when a fountain of water turned into wine. Philostratus the Elder describes a river of wine beside which the Andrians drank, danced, and sang, garlanded with ivy. Philostratus was known to high Renaissance Italy and the subject of the Andrians was interpreted afresh. Titian depicts a Bacchanalian festival with much drinking, beside a stream of wine. In the distance a river god reclines by the source on a couch of vines. Bacchus' ship is just visible, moored in the background. (Hall)

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