Art Experts Discover Caravaggio's Bacchus Isn't Drinking Alone

Caravaggio, Bacchus, Uffizi Gallery
FLORENCE, ITALY -- Paintings within paintings are sometimes more interesting than the primary larger works themselves, especially when they remain undiscovered for hundreds of years. With multispectral reflectography, a scientific technique which uses infrared technology, experts recently uncovered a tiny self-portrait of artist, Caravaggio, hidden within his famed oil painting Bacchus (1597).

"In the carafe to the right of Bacchus, Caravaggio painted a person in an upright position, with an arm held out towards a canvas on an easel. It appears to be a portrait of himself while he was painting," explained Mina Gregori, an expert on the artwork of the Italian Baroque painter. 

In classical mythology, the Roman deity Bacchus (in Greek, Dionysus) is known as the god of wine. Many have seen the famous panting housed in the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in Florence, but until now, viewers assumed Bacchus was drinking alone. Caravaggio will be the toast of Rome next year, as a major exhibition of his work is being organized to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death.



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