Joseph Mallord William Turner Bacchus and Ariadne exhibited 1840

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Bacchus and Ariadne
Date Exhibited 1840
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 787 x 787 mm
frame: 1135 x 1120 x 105 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00525
Not on display

Display caption

Ariadne, daughter of Minos, King of Crete, has been abandoned by Theseus. She is found by Bacchus and taken as his bride. Turner's picture is based on Titian's of the same subject, which had entered the National Gallery in 1826 and was praised by Charles Lamb in an essay published in 1833. For the first time, Turner experimented here with a square canvas, and apparently painted in the final glazes when the picture was already in a round frame.

August 2004

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