Bacchus and Ariadne

Bacchus and Ariadne is a painting produced between 1522 and 1523 by Italian painter Titian.

This painting is considered as one of the prominent masterpieces of Italian Renaissance paintings.

Bacchus and Ariadne, one of his most famous paintings, tells the story of Ariadne, daughter of King Menos of Crete, who had subsequently been left on an island by her lover Theseus.  Bacchus, god of the grape harvest finds her leading a band of merrymakers with cheetahs pulling her in a chariot.  In his wisdom, he flies down and attempts to save her from possible death.

The scene, at first glance, seems somewhat chaotic, but if you look closely, you will see some defining areas that tell the story clearly.  Bacchus and Ariadne are separated from the group of revellers and brought into focus with the blue of the sky behind them.  While Bacchus is still partially pinned close to his companions, you can see his heart wishes to be with Ariadne.  Later, we learn that he marries her and gives her immortality.

The work can be viewed at National Gallery, London

ArtistTitian
LocationNational Gallery, London
MediumOil on Canvas
Art MovementRenaissance

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