Ariadne Abandoned

Kauffmann, Angelika (1741-1807) | Painter


Princess Ariadne helped Theseus to escape from the labyrinth by means of her now proverbial thread. He promised to marry her but left her behind on the island of Naxos. In her history paintings, Kauffman repeatedly dealt with this myth: she selects the most hopeless moment in the story, when there is no hope of any alleviation of Ariadne’s pain. Abandoned by the man she loves, she is depicted as a victim of her powerful emotions, so that her image serves as an indictment of inhumanity.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
before 1782
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 2183