Artist: Francois Theodore Devaulx (Paris, France; 1808-1870)
Year: 1846
Medium: Bronze mounted on green marble base

Original Location: Grand Salon
Size: Length - 17” (including base)

2014.03.17 BMA Purchase, The Mr. and Mrs. Franck H. Kaiser, Sr. Collection

Beginning in 1823 Devaulx studied at the `Ecole de Beaux-arts under Jules Ramey. He comes in second place in the Prix de Rome in 1833. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1845 until his death in 1870. A Bacchante also known as a Maenad is a devoted female follower of Bacchus the God of wine. Her figure in art usually expresses physical abandonment. Often she is portrayed with a tambourine. While this statue does not have the tambourine she is holding a Thyrsus which is often carried by Bacchus. The Thyrsus is a staff with grapes, a symbol of Bacchus and tipped with a pine cone the ancient symbol of fertility. This statue is documented as being in the Grand Salon by an article in the Louisville Courier Journal in 1881


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk