Ariadne  1913

by Giorgio de Chirico

A statue of a slumbering Ariadne is in the foreground of this image of a desolate public square, rendered in de Chirico’s distinctive simple and broad forms. According to the Greek myth, Theseus abandoned his lover Ariadne on the island of Naxos while she slept. Ariadne acquired great personal symbolic meaning for de Chirico after he moved to Paris in 1911 and entered a pe...
53 1/4 in. × 71 in. (135.3 × 180.3 cm)
Oil and graphite on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art