The exhibition on view at Vienna's Art History Museum underscores the relationship between art and wine, exposing various wine-tasting habits and rituals over the course of the centuries. As one of humanity's most ancient agricultural products, wine had an important social and religious role to play in various societies for thousands of years. The gathering of grapes and winemaking have been depicted in countless works of art. Wine has been drunk at innumerable banquets and social events. Those, who could afford to do so, drank wine from the most ornate goblets and cups, which were fashioned by the best artists and craftsmen of the day, simultaneously becoming objects of both competition and inspiration.
A separate section of the exhibition is devoted to the celebrated mythological figure most often associated with wine - Dionysus, the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, and the organiser of wild, hedonistic orgies. Various works of art display his various faces - from a god-like child to an exuberant youth, to a frail old man. Along with artefacts connected to wine-making and drinking, the exhibition also features paintings by Tintoretto, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and other legendary old masters.
Keywords: Vienna, exhibition