Peter Paul Rubens was a Northern Baroque painter of the 17th century, who in a time of more reserved spiritual paintings was exactly the opposite. Rubens was raised to have such a deep catholic faith that he almost dared the inquisition to question his paintings. His paintings have a sense of dramatic theatricality and brutal depictions that are truly captivating.
The Drunken Hercules is an Oil painting by Ruben’s that I found specifically interesting. In the painting you immediately see the massive Hercules who appears to be intoxicated. His hand is barely holding his drink, which looks like he could spill or drop at any moment. He is being supported by mythical Satyrs (half-goat, half-men) and Wood Nymphs (beautiful, near-nubile maidens) who are dancing to display their servitude to the goddess of grape harvest, Dionysus.