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Sebastiano Ricci: 'Bacchus and Ariadne'
Ariadne was abandoned on the island of Naxos by Theseus and was discovered there by the god Bacchus, who fell in love with her. (Ovid, 'Metamorphoses', 8).

The composition is based on a painting by Carpioni (died 1674). Different suggestions for the date have been proposed, making it either a late work or, as seems preferable, a work of the first decade of the 18th century.

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