Picture of Wack and Ariadne, Titian Vecellio

Picture of Wack and Ariadne, Titian Vecellio
Picture of Wack and Ariadne, Titian Vecellio - 1

  • Posted by Titian Vecellio
  • Museum: Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Year: 1520-152Z

Overview of the painting :

Wack and Ariadne – Titian Vecellio. 1520-152Z. Oil on canvas. 176.5×191

   The work of Wack and Ariadne, ordered for the so-called Alebastrovaya Room in the palace of the Duke Alfonso d’Este in Ferrara, belongs to the famous series of paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Titian (1488 / 1490-1576) and Dosso Dossi. The duke invited the Michelangelo and Raphael palaces for painting, but, having not received their consent, he reconciled with the candidacy of the then little-known Titian. The artist performed three works: “The Wenere Worship” (1518-1520, Prado Museum, Madrid), “Wakh and Ariadne” and “Vakhanalia” (about 1523-1524, Prado Museum, Madrid). The cycle program was proposed by one of the humanists of the famous intellectual environment of the duke. Literary sources were compositions of ancient authors, Katulla and Ovidia.

   Ariadne, left by Theseus on the island of Naxos, came to console Wack. Titian depicts the moment of the first meeting of the heroes. Wakh leaves the forest thicket with his large retinue and rushes to Ariadne, who is afraid of him. In this compositionally complex scene, all characters and their actions are explained by antique texts. Sweet Wakha makes his rites: one satire demonstrates how snakes accuse him, the other waves his calf leg, and the satir-baby drags the head of the animal along.

   The painting of Titian not only demonstrates the remarkable skill of a young artist, but also testifies to his wide erudition.