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Bacchus and Ariadne
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Bacchus and Ariadne

Domenico Mondo (1717[?]-c. 1808)

Formerly attributed to Italy 18th century

Pen and ink, watercolour on paper

Height: 41.6 cm (cut in the shape of the panel); Width: 25.2 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
As narrated by the classical poets Catullus and Ovid, Ariadne was abandoned by her lover Theseus on the shores of Naxos, where she was discovered by Bacchus and his procession of revellers. The god rescued her and brought her to heaven in his chariot driven by leopards. In this elaborate design for a ceiling painting, Mondo employed his characteristic technique of broken pen lines combined with freely applied patches of ink washes. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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