National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: The Feast of the Gods

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image of The Feast of the Gods image of Aeneas and Achates on the Libyan Coast
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This famous canvas, The Feast of the Gods, formed the key element in one of the finest domestic decorative schemes of the Italian Renaissance—the private study of Alfonso d'Este, duke of Ferrara. The duke commissioned the two leading painters from Venice—first Giovanni Bellini and, later, his former pupil Titian—to depict bacchanals or revelries with mythological themes for the study. Begun by 1511, the room in the castle at Ferrara came to be called the Alabaster Chamber after its alabaster sculpture.

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1Giovanni Bellini and Titian, The Feast of the Gods, 1514/1529
2Dosso Dossi, Aeneas and Achates on the Libyan Coast, c. 1520