Ariadne, the escape from Crete                                          Ariadne Owens

This gallery contains images/paintings that describe the journey Ariadne went through, trying to free herself from her family and father. Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Crete, assisted Theseus in his quest to slay the Minotaur and then fled with him aboard his ship. When they landed on the island of Naxos, Theseus abandoned her as she was sleeping. It was there that the god Dionysos discovered her and made her his wife. Some say that she was later killed by Artemis, and others say that she was granted immorality.

The Minotaur, George Frederic Watts, 1885, From the collection of: Tate Britain
In this painting the Minotaur is painted as a man with the head of a bull, looking out to sea while he waits for a ship of virgins from Athens to be brought to him. He crushes a bird in his fist, signifying the brutality of what will happen to the virgins.
Edward Burne-Jones, Love in a tangle, a watercolour, 1882/1898, From the collection of: British Museum
In this image Ariadne sits waiting for Theseus to find his way out of the labyrinth using the ball of thread that she gave him before he entered the maze. She is holding the end of the thread for Theseus as he makes his way through the labyrinth which is pictured behind the princess.
Theseus and the Minotaur, Wilhelm Janson, Antonio Tempesta, published 1606, From the collection of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
In this image you can see Theseus and the Minotaur engaging in a battle to the death, both warriors are ready to fight. theseus has a sword and a shield, and the Minotaur has some type of club. The rounded construction of the building where they are fighting, is to show or signify that they are inside of the labyrinth on the island of Krete.
Ariadne Watching the Struggle of Theseus with the Minotaur, Henry Fuseli, 1815 to 1820, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
In this Painting Ariadne watches over Theseus from the stairs, hanging over the wall to watch him as he battles with the minotaur to save himself and the Athenians he came with. You can see the knife he holds in his hand, as he kicks out and tries to drive it downward toward the Minotaur's chest.
Theseus Killing the Minotaur, Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano, 1505, From the collection of: Museo Poldi Pezzoli
In this painting you can see theseus about to slay the Minotaur within the labyrinth, there are light colors and rounded construction to show the spiral shape of the labyrinth. This image is different from most images of the Minotaur, because most depict him as a man with the head of a bull.
Theseus and Ariadne, Willem Strijcker, 1657, From the collection of: Royal Palace Amsterdam
In this painting Theseus is returning a ball of thread to Ariadne before they left Krete for the island of Naxos. Ariadne had given the ball of thread to him to help him find his way out of the labyrinth where he slated the Minotaur, the four servants standing behind her are a sign of her aristocratic status.
Study for "Ariadne Abandoned", Théodore Chassériau, c. 1840-1841, From the collection of: The Baltimore Museum of Art
In this painting Ariadne is reaching out for Theseus as he sails away from the island of Naxos, this painting is meant to show the feeling that Ariadne is experiencing. The sadness and hurt of being abandoned by the man she helped escape the labyrinth, and was to marry upon their return to Athens.
Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus, Angelica Kauffmann, 1774, From the collection of: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
In this painting Ariadne is dealing with the emotions that come with being abandoned by her fiancé Theseus, as she sits on a makeshift bed that is tucked under a rocky cliff. If you follow the line of her arm you can see Theseus sailing his ship away in the background.
Ariadne, Asher Brown Durand, 1835, From the collection of: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
This painting is a image of Ariadne asleep in the woods on a makeshift bed after she is abandoned by her fiance on the island of Naxos, Theseus left her asleep in a wooded area of the island while he sailed back to Athens with the athenians that he had saved from the Minotaur.
Fresco Panel Depicting Dionysos and Ariadne, Unknown, 1st century, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This painting is of Ariadne and Dionysos drinking and celebrating together, Dionysos is the god that found her asleep on the island of Naxos. He married her after he found out that she had been abandoned by there Theseus and the athenians that she had helped him save from the Minotaur.
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