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Angelica Kauffmann
Bacchus and Ariadne, 1794 — Angelica Kauffmann,

Bacchus and Ariadne

Angelica Kauffmann, 1794

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246.4 cm165.1 cm

It was Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Crete, who helped Theseus, whom she loved, to escape from the labyrinth with the aid of a ball of string, but all she had in return was to be abandoned by him on the island of Naxos. Here Bacchus came to her rescue. Classical representations show Ariadne asleep when Bacchus arrives, as described by Philostratus.

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