Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian Vecellio

Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian Vecellio

This work was done by Titian to decorate the Ferrara palace of Este.

The picture depicts the meeting of Bacchus and by the will of the gods left by Tesem Ariadne. Seeing the beautiful girl, Bacchus descends from his chariot drawn by leopards to pick her up. Ariadne turns away from the god of wine in fright.

The silhouette of Ariadne stands out against the background of the sea and the sky. Toward it in rapid motion rushes Bacchus, the beautiful body of which is covered with a single garment in the form of a fluttering bright pink cloak. Behind Bacchus is the march of his companions: these are dancing nymphs with tambourines, and girls carrying vessels for wine, and satires. All of them form a single festive crowd, reveling in the joys of life.

The scenery that surrounds the scene is beautiful. High above the dancing nymphs and faunas, the trees spread their colorful crowns. At the very horizon, you can see the almost mythical city that has dissolved in the haze. Thin white clouds seem to cut through the sky.

The work is surprisingly decorative. But still the main thing in it is the silent dialogue between Ariadna, her whole being aspiring to the sea, where the sail of the floating ship of Theseus can still be seen, and Bacchus, as it were saying to her, that Theseus belongs to the past, and all her future is connected with him.

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