Bacchus and Ariadne

Bacchus and Ariadne
Jules Dalou, French, 1838-1902


Bacchus, the god of wine, found the princess Ariadne asleep on a beach, where she had been abandoned by the hero Theseus, and fell instantly in love with her. In Dalou’s sculpture, the god is shown waking Ariadne with a tender kiss. A faun mischievously tries to squeeze between them and steal attention by offering grapes. The theme derives from a classical myth, and the elements of the narrative reveal themselves as we walk around the sculpture.

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