Description of the painting by Titian Vecellio "Bacchus and Ariadne"

Description of the painting by Titian Vecellio

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For the collection of the Duke of Ferrara, Titian executed in 1523 a canvas based on classical myths - "Bacchus and Ariadne." This painting was ordered to decorate the palace walls in a single mythological theme. Previously, the order went to the then-famous master Raphael, but his unexpected death interrupted the embodiment of his plan. Then the work passed to the young Venetian talent Titian. And now we can all observe the magnificent performance in the picture of the poetry of Catullus and Ovid in the London gallery.

The plot of the canvas tells the story of ancient Greek history. The two main characters - the god Bacchus and Ariadne meet eyes in the left side of the picture. The right part is occupied by the motley, numerous retinue of the young god: a mighty bearded man entwined with snakes, playing music, a satyr boy with the head of a dead animal and other interesting characters.

Bacchus seems to freeze in midair, taking a step to exit the chariot. The pink canvas that slightly covers his body is energetically folded back and develops in the wind; the gaze is fixed on the beautiful guest of the island of Naxos. Ariadne, thrown here by Theseus floating on a ship, is frightened by the unexpected appearance of a group of people in quiet land. Still not distracted from the tragic breakup that has happened, she catches the eye of the Bacchus who came to comfort her.

The composition can be divided into two equal triangles along the diagonal of the canvas. In the left, the sky turns blue and an elevated love happens between Ariadne and Bacchus. In the right triangle, the atmosphere is the opposite: free walks and animal savagery.

A distinct cluster of stars appears in the celestial surface - a constellation, which will later be turned into Ariadne thrown on the distant island.

The merit of Titian in the amazing skill of writing dynamic figures and in a harmoniously selected rich color palette of the picture.

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