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Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus, Agostino Scilla (1629-1700).

Oil on canvas, unlined, 185cm by 152.5cm. Signed l.r.: AVG: Scjlla/Ro: f.

In Greek myth, Ariadne helped Theseus to slay the Minotaur and escape from the labyrinth of Minos. They eloped, but Theseus later  abandoned her on the island of Naxos.

Bought by the 5th Earl of Exeter, this painting is listed in the 1688 Inventory: p. 11: “The Bedd Chamber next ye Gallery Roomes [Black & Yellow Bedroom]….2 Pictures over the Doores being the Storyes of }by Augustin Scilla, Rome”.



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