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Pier Francesco Mola (1612-66)

Bacchus and Ariadne c.1647-8

RCIN 906799

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After training in Rome, Mola spent much of his early career in Venice and then Bologna. This is a study for one of the first paintings that Mola executed on his return to Rome in 1647, a fresco in Palazzo Costaguti, depicting the god Bacchus greeting Ariadne on the island of Naxos after she had been abandoned by Theseus. No. 134