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Fan depicting 'Baccus and Ariadne on the island of Naxos' c. 1780

RCIN 25077

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According to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Ariadne was abandoned on the island of Naxos by her lover, Theseus, after she had helped him to escape from the Minotaur’s labyrinth. This fan leaf, based on a painting by Guido Reni completed in 1640, depicts the moment when she is rescued by Bacchus, the god of wine.

From the collection of Queen Alexandra

This fan leaf is based on the painting by Guido Reni (1575-1642) of Bacchus and Ariadne, completed in 1640 as a result of a commission from Cardinal Barberini as a gift to Queen Henrietta Maria. After the dispersal of Charles I's collection, by the late 1

Fan depicting 'Baccus and Ariadne on the island of Naxos' ©