Bacchus and Ariadne  1680

by Gerard de Lairesse

Ovid described the following scene in his Metamorphoses: on the island of Naxos, Bacchus, the god of wine, chances upon the heartbroken and abandoned Ariadne. He takes her as his wife and gives her a crown of seven stars, which he subsequently casts up into the heavens. Lairesse revived Dutch painting with a classicizing style that was inspired by works from Greek and Rom...
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