Antoine-Jean Gros

Bacchus and Ariadne

c. 1821
Pointing to the departure of Theseus, who has abandoned her on the island of Naxos, Ariadne is comforted by Bacchus. He is identified as the god of wine by the grapes and vine leaves in his hair, and the "thyrsus", the staff topped with vine leaves. Ariadne holds the gold crown with stars which she will receive at the time of her marriage to Bacchus; it will later be set in the heavens as a constellation. Frame: running moulding with press-moulded composition ornament, gilded. France, early 19th century
Title
Bacchus and Ariadne
Date
c. 1821
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
90.8 x 105.7 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1977
Accession number
18810