Analysis Of CompositionThe Art Of Painting - Analysis Of Composition - 2, a brief series of articles on the art of painting and drawing
Titian was no doubt jubilant when the inspiration of the little imp came to him ; and that must account for its joyous handling.
The satyr with the raised calf's hock and the fat Silenus against his head, made beautiful by his pattern, not only lift up the line that would otherwise descend too symmetrically, but add the note of accident which makes for the gaiety and movement of the picture. When a figure in a composition moves as the Bacchus does, everything has to move. One unresponsive figurant would be enough to spoil the party.
The foreshortened pointing arm of Bacchus conducts all the lines into the picture—a, subtle and satisfying factor. His descending foot cuts well through the wheel. Were this foot only to meet the upper curve, its owner would never alight, but would appear to be standing on it.
BACCHUS AND ARIADNE
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