After months (nay, years!) of conservation TLC, Bacchus is looking like a new man! He’s still his old composite self, but he “cleans up real nice” and looks fantastic with his new right arm. He’s got NCMA Objects Conservator Corey Smith Riley and multimedia artist Larry Heyda, of Lawrence Heyda Studios, to thank for his dashing new looks. Thanks to NCMA Videographer Luke Mehaffie, who documented every minute of the whole process, you can see Bacchus transform before your eyes in this video presented in the exhibition The Bacchus Conservation Project: The Story of a Sculpture, on view until January 31, 2021.
Recent marble analysis of a composite sculpture of the Roman god of wine has led the NCMA to abruptly change its plans for this unusual artifact. Curator of Ancient Art Caroline Rocheleau explains.