Antique tapestry depicting the story of Bacchus and Ariadne

£55,000

The scene on this impressive tapestry is one of decadent opulence; a theme that is reflected in the scale and quality of the antique work itself.

 

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Description

The tapestry is rectangular, and woven within a four-sided narrow golden frame pattern border. It depicts the god Bacchus (Dionysus) being pulled on his chariot by two cheetas towards, with his followers. The story of Bacchus and Ariadne comes from the poems of Catullus and Ovid: in it, Ariadne has been abandoned on the island of Naxos by her lover Theseus. While she is alone on the island, the god Bacchus falls in love with her and turns her into the Northern Crown constellation (Corona Borealis). The story is the subject of a famous painting by Titian (1522-1523).

Details

Country of Origin
Flemish
Date of Manufacture
Early 18th Century
Period
18th Century and Earlier
Style
Mythological
Material
Tapestry
Colour
Green, Multi-coloured

Dimensions

Height
278 cm / 109.4 inches
Width
437 cm / 172 inches
Depth
2 cm / 0.8 inches

Reference:
014308

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