Adriaen de Vries was trained in Florence and did his most important work in Prague. His expressive, erotic sculptures are part of an international court art around 1600. The Dutch didn’t like that a hundred year ago, but now we claim this emigrant as a fellow countryman. There was almost nothing by De Vries to be seen here until the Rijksmuseum acquired this Bacchant. Sadly, he has lost his wineskin.
Acquisition supported by the Vereniging Rembrandt, thanks in part to the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Stichting Nationaal Fonds Kunstbezit, the BankGiro Loterij, the Rijksmuseum Fonds, the VSBfonds, the Mondriaan Fonds, the Frits and Phine Verhaa Fonds, the Stichting Beaulieu et Beaux Arts, the Marjon Ornstein Fonds, the Elles Nansink Fonds, the Familie Verbeek Fonds, Henri and Winnie Wientjes, the Rijksmuseum International Circle and six anonymous donors