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Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)

Bacchus discovering Ariadne c.1634-6

RCIN 911911

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After helping Theseus escape from the Minotaur’s labyrinth, Ariadne was abandoned on the island of Naxos. She was discovered there by Bacchus, god of wine, who fell in love with her, which is why Cupid appears in this drawing.

Purchased by George III, 1762