Metlicovitz Champagne Kupferberg Gold

Leopoldo S. Metlicovitz (Italian, 1868–1944), "Champagne Kupferberg Gold," color lithograph on vellum. Gift of Phillip Sills, 74.019.035.

“From Bacchus to Burgundy: Wine Culture in Art” is a special installation curated in conjunction with Justine Vanden Heuvel (Viticulture and Enology) and Mike Fontaine (Classics) for their class “Wine Culture” (VIEN 2810). “From Bacchus to Burgundy” explores the depiction of wine production and consumption in Western art over five centuries with art from the Johnson Museum’s permanent collection.

From raucous bacchanalias to modern parties, wine has always been integral to celebrations and festivities. Yet wine has also served as a health tonic, an instrument of religion and ritual, and an economic resource. All wine lovers are invited to “drink in” the mélange of wine, art, and cultural trends on view.

This special installation is on view in the Museum’s Kress Study Gallery on Floor 2L from February 9 to 21, 2016.

The Johnson Museum has a permanent collection of more than 35,000 works of art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The museum building was designed by I. M. Pei. Funds for the building were donated by Cornell alumnus Herbert F. Johnson, late president and chairman of S C Johnson. The building opened in 1973 and a wing opened in 2011.


The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, located on the campus of Cornell University, is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum is accessible for mobility-impaired visitors, and  wheelchairs are available in the lobbies. Metered parking is available in the lot next to the Museum. For more information, please call 607 255-6464. Visit the Museum’s website at The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail: