Bacchus

Bacchus, 1595. Uffizi Gallery.

Bacchus, 1595. Uffizi Gallery.

I derive great pleasure from the grape, and consider a glass of wine one of the simple pleasures in life. Bacchus, the god of wine, seems like the appropriate deity to grace our doorway and welcome our friends. I like the little figure of Bacchus above the restaurant’s door in the photo below – it’d fit just above our door. Bacchus is portrayed in a variety of ways, from the beautiful young man in Caravaggio’s painting to the boozy looking fat kid straddling a barrel to the pensive looking guy leaning against a gold clock. Next time I’m in Paris, I plan to find my very own p’tit Bacchus. A votre santé!

Petit Bacchus, circa 1901, by Eugène Atget. Image courtesy Getty

Petit Bacchus, circa 1901, by Eugène Atget. Image courtesy Getty

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Petit Bacchus in the Carnavalet Museum, Paris. Photo by Todd Mecklem

Statue de Bacchus sur un tonneau. Photo by Brigitte Parent, © Région Alsace - Inventaire général

Statue de Bacchus sur un tonneau. Photo by Brigitte Parent, © Région Alsace – Inventaire général

Bacchus. Photo by Bourdier, image courtesy Ministère de la Culture (France), Médiathèque de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Diffusion RMN

Bacchus. Photo by Bourdier, image courtesy Ministère de la Culture (France), Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Diffusion RMN

pendule n° 7, style Restauration : offrande à Bacchus, photo by Gérard Coing. © Région Lorraine - Inventaire général

pendule n° 7, style Restauration : offrande à Bacchus, photo by Gérard Coing. © Région Lorraine – Inventaire général

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