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Studies: Titian’s Bacchanal of the Andrians by Jzin Teng

140520 The Bacchanal of the Andrians by Titian Prado Museum

The Bacchanal of the Andrians by Tiziano Vecellio (Titian),  Prado Museum.  Image Source: Wikipedia. Italian expanded Wikipedia entry

Titian is one of my most admired painters. This study was started on weekends back when I was still a graduate student in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Southern California. During the intense work week, I spent long hours on my beautiful 7th floor cancer research laboratory overlooking the skyline of downtown Los Angeles pouring DNA sequencing gels, Western blot gels, and so forth, back in those dinosaur days.  On Saturdays, I would go for long nature hikes with my Bulgarian friends. Sunday afternoons were my sacred time for painting. This piece is incomplete, more than a decade later. However, I learned a lot from copying this master work.

140519 Bacchanal of the Andrians by Jzin Teng

Above: Master reproduction study by Jzin Teng.

Growing up with a great story-teller for a mother, I love stories, painting them, making up stories, making dolls, making puppet shows, etc. Perhaps this was why bacchanalian scenes with multiple characters are intriguing to me.

Detail: The love triangle by Jzin Teng.

140519 Bacchanal of the Andrians by Jzin. Detail the love triangle

More than a decade later, I realized two of the men I painted in my Titian’s Bacchanal the Andrians study were my Bulgarian mathematician friends. They did not model for me, so they are unaware of their presence here.

140522 Dyptich Titian and Jzin Bacchanal of the Andrians love triangle detailThis one (Below picture: male character on the upper right corner) was influenced by our good friend, uxorious Bulgarian Mathematician Ivo Dinov.

140519 Bacchanal of the Andrians by Jzin. Detail Mathematician Ivo Dinov.

A photo (about a decade later) of the unwitting model…

With some digging in my garage, I manage to find an old sketch of Ivo here… from 1997.

970504 Bulgarian Mathematician Ivo Dinov blue pencil sketch, West Los Angeles 1997

Upon closer inspection, about a decade or more later, I realized this character here looked like another Mathematician friend of ours, Tihomir (who also did not pose for me) …

140519 Bacchanal of the Andrians by Jzin. Detail Tihomir 2

This putti caused much hullaballoo in my then employee from Shaanxi.

140519 Bacchanal of the Andrians by Jzin Detail urinating putti cherub 2

This painting was in hiding for more than a decade of my life. Partly due to the puritanical-Catholic-Asian-Muslim-Buddhist cultural background of mine, partly due to conservative peers, partly due to self-critical perfectionism of my twenties and partly due to my sense of betrayal to science for not focusing more on my intensive scientific work and having a dichotomous life of science and art…

With excuses upon excuses of my youth dismissed, my works are now gradually being shared. – Jzin. May 21, 2014.

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140414 Yoni the Jew shoulder crop.

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130315 Bacchus et Ariadne by Jzin Teng 1998. Detail Laocoon

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