Bacchus and Ariadne, Charles Natoire
Charles Natoire
Bacchus and Ariadne
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Charles Natoire

Bacchus and Ariadne, ca. 1742 – 1743


Blatt
198 x 348 mm
Physical Description
Kreide und Pinsel in Grau, weiß gehöht, auf blauem Papier
Inventory Number
1286
Object Number
1286 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Texts

About the Work

On the island of Naxos, Bacchus, the god of wine and debauchery, meets Ariadne, who Theseus had abandoned, falls in love with her and weds her. The drawing probably served a similar, ultimately decorative purpose as another, a few years older Natoire work in the Städel Museum's collection: "Jacob and Rachel at the well" (obj. no. 1287 Z). Both works show a comparable encounter between a lovers couple; the somewhat freer drawing style of Bacchus and Ariadne is explained by the later creation of the sheet.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Bacchus and Ariadne
Draughtsman
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Kreide und Pinsel in Grau, weiß gehöht, auf blauem Papier
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts (mit der Feder in Schwarzbraun): C. Natoire
Watermark
  • Nicht geprüft
Work Catalogues
  • Caviglia-Brunel 2012.214.D.118

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Ovid: Metamorphosen

Iconclass

Primary
  • 92L121 (story of) Ariadne and Bacchus
Secondary
  • 41C326 jar, jug (used as drinking-vessel)
  • 25G21 fruits
  • 92D1916 cupids: 'amores', 'amoretti', 'putti'
  • 33C2 lovers; courting, flirting

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Last update

01.02.2023