The European grapevine has been used as a symbol since ancient times. In Greek mythology, Dionysus or the Roman 'Bacchus' was the god of the vintage, therefore bunches of the fruit were among his attributes. Throughout history wine has been drunk as a libation to the god, as a symbol of Jesus Christ.
The grapes and pomegranate placed on a Georgian pewter plate upon a medieval trivet become part of a vanitas celebrating beauty and life.
80 w x 57 h cm (Framed size 104.5 w x 82 h cm)
Oil, raw pigment and gesso on board in antique frame from The Palace of Versailles.