Answered By: Celita Ávila
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015     Views: 211


Since this is a work located at the San Antonio Museum of Art, you may also find information about the artist in our newspaper database called Access World News. When you click through, select San Antonio Express-News and then enter your artist's name: VIK MUNIZ 

Here is a sample paragraph from one of the SA Express-News articles:

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz 's "Bacchus Astride a Barrel, after Rubens (Pictures of Junk)" is based on a painting of the god of wine by Peter Paul Rubens. Muniz , who lives in New York, re-created the image by assembling junk on the floor of a large warehouse and then taking an aerial photograph. The figure of Bacchus is outlined by found objects with several references to his partying ways, such as an old refrigerator stocked with wine.

The website ARTSY also has information on Muniz

Now taking into account the theme of the work (Bacchus, god of wine) and it being in the style of Peter Paul Rubens, please consider searching for books on Bacchus and Rubens in the library catalog.

Here are two possible books. You can browse in these call number areas for more items:

De Montebello, Philippe.
New York, McGraw-Hill [1968]
 SAC 3rd Floor Stacks  ND673.R9 D39     AVAILABLE
Gods and goddesses of Greece and Rome. 

Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish Reference, c2012.
 SAC Reference 2nd Floor  BL783 .G63 2012     LIB USE ONLY

A few more resources on Rubens and Bacchus:

Oxford Art Online - search for Rubens to find biographical info, style, and samples of his works which Muniz modeled his own work after.

Credo Reference - search for Bacchus to find out the history and more info on this Roman god of wine!

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