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Bacchus and Ariadne

Photograph of a frescoed ceiling.

Vittorio Maria Bigari (1692–1776)
Bacchus and Ariadne, ca. 1730–31 (destroyed 1943)
From Attilio Centelli and Gerardo Molfese, Gli affreschi di G.B. Tiepolo raccolti da Gerardo Molfese con uno studio di Attilio Centelli (Turin, 1897), pl. 10
Page of unbound book
23 1/2 × 17 5/8 in. (598 × 448 mm)
Azienda di Servizi alla Persona Golgi-Redaelli, Milan
su autorizzazione dell'Azienda di Servizi alla Persona Golgi-Redaelli di Milano


This triumphal scene of Bacchus and Ariadne in a chariot drawn by panthers celebrates the encounter between the god of wine and the beautiful Ariadne, who had been abandoned on the island of Naxos by Theseus. The fresco likely referred to the wedding, in 1731, of Filippo Archinto and Giulia Borromeo.