There are a lot of different origin myths surrounding my namesake Bacchus, but according to the researchers at Sotheby’s, one strain of the myths has it that the daughters of the titan Atlas were caretakers of the infant Bacchus. (He was constantly at risk of being murdered by a jealous Hera, who was wife to his father Zeus, but who was emphatically not his mother.) This notion (if not much else in the various myths) seems to have inspired Paul Alexandre Alfred Le Roy when he painted Les Filles d’Atlas (Atlas’ Daughters):

daughters of atlas

May all your aunties be as fierce and protective as mine!

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