About this artwork

This is a full-size, accurate copy of one of the great achievements of Bellini’s last years, 'The Feast of the Gods’ of 1514 (Washington, National Gallery of Art). The original was commissioned by Alfonso d’Este, Duke of Ferrara, for his private study (‘camerino’) in the palace complex at Ferrara. The picture shows a feast organised by Cybele, goddess of nature and fertility, for her fellow Olympian gods, at which the randy Priapus’s attempt to rape the sleeping Lotis (at the right) was thwarted by the braying of Silenus’s ass. The paintings from Alfonso’s ‘camerino’ were removed to Rome in 1598, and the present copy was probably made there in the mid-1620s, very possibly by the celebrated French artist Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665).

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Feast of the Gods
  • date created:
    About 1625 - 1650
  • After:
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    174.00 x 190.50 (framed: 214.60 x 232.40 x 15.20 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Sir Charles Eastlake 1863
  • accession number:
    NG 458
  • gallery:
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