Bacchus and Ariadne by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini was created in 1720s. The painting is in Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. The size of the work is 116,8 x 128,3 cm and is made of oil on canvas.
When Bacchus arrived on the island of Naxos, he found the beautiful daughter of Minos, Ariadne, who had been abandoned by Theseus. Bacchus married her and her crown was transformed into a constellation by Jupiter. In the present picture Bacchus, wearing vine leaves in his hair, places a ring on Ariadne’s finger. The subject was treated by Pellegrini a number of times. Read more in Metropolitan Museum of Art.
About the Artist: Venetian history painters Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini was born in Venice. Pellegrini was a pupil of the Milanese painter Paolo Pagani. He travelled with his master to Moravia and Vienna in 1690 and was back in Venice in 1696 where he painted his first surviving works. The work of fellow Venetian Sebastiano Ricci had an important influence on his work. He was in Rome from 1699 to 1701. Pellegrini visited England from 1708 to 1713 at the invitation of the Earl of Manchester… read more