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In Greek mythology Dionysos was the God of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy.
He is portrayed as the son of Zeus and the mortal Semele, which makes him semi-divine or heroic.
He is a major popular figure and his festivals were the driving force behind the development of Greek theatre. He is an example of a dying God. His central cult imagery shows his triumphant, disorderly arrival, as if from some unknown, uncivilized place. His procession is made up of wild female followers and satyrs.
City religions considered him the protector of those who do not belong to conventional society and thus symbolized every thing that is chaotic.
Dionysos had a strange birth that makes it difficult to fit him into the Olympian Pantheon. His mother Semele demanded of Zeus that he reveal himself to proof he really was a God. He begged her not to ask this, but she persisted and he agreed to come to her undisguised. But mortals die when they look upon a God and she perished in the blaze. Zeus rescued the fetal by sewing him into his thigh. A few months later Dionysos was born His rebirth is the primary reason why Dionysos was worshipped in mystery religions.
Painted in 1988, 40X50CM
Reproductions of this painting are available in sizes:
16,5 cm x 21 cm plain 25€
31 cm x 40 cm plain 50€
31 cm x 40 cm framed 70€