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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1659 - 1734
Full title
Bacchus and Ariadne
Date made
probably 1700-10
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
75.9 x 63.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
Location in Gallery