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Bacchus and Ariadne

Angelica Kauffmann, 1794
Bacchus and Ariadne, Angelica Kauffmann
Bacchus and Ariadne, zoomed in
246.4 cmBacchus and Ariadne scale comparison165.1 cm
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Bacchus and Ariadne is a Neoclassical Oil on Canvas Painting created by Angelica Kauffmann in 1794. It lives at the Attingham Park in England. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Greek and Roman Mythology, Ariadne, Deities and Gods and Dionysus, or Bacchus. SourceDownload

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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