This gray-black basalt torso of a youth probably represents Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and pleasure. The attribute of the skin of a recently slain fawn worn as a shawl over the god’s shoulder is the indicator of the subject matter. Similarly, the ends of meandering, shoulder length locks of his hair, visible beside the neck, in their length and luxurious disarray also point to the youthful Dionysus. The smooth bodily contours, too, suggest the god’s identity with some excess weight gained through overindulgence in wine and sybaritic pursuits. Find this figure in #iggypoplifeclass, selected for display by artist #JeremyDeller.
brooklynmuseum (Brooklyn Museum) shared for #art.