Dionysus and Ariadne

Dionysus and Ariadne, a love story without a happy end!

Ariadne, daughter of Minos, King of Crete, has fallen in love with Theseus and helps him out of the labyrinth after killing the Minotaur. In return he promised to marry her. Sailing back to Athens, they stop at the island of Naxos. They spent the night on the beach.

The next morning Ariadne wakes up, to find out she has been abondoned. She is desperate, when someone approaches her, Dionysus. They looked at each other and both fall instantly in love.

Black or white

But the stories of the Greek mythology never ends well. So, is this also a love story without a happy end? Not for Ariadne. But Thesaus, sailing home to Athene, has forgot to change the sails of his ship. According to the legend Thesaus should have change the sails from black to white, so his father would know that Thesaus was alive and has killed the Minotaur. The shock of seeing the black sails appearing on the horizon was enough for Thesaus's father to jump off the cliffs.

The rest is history!

André Romijn, Summer 2022

  • Size (h w d): 70 x 50 cm
  • Medium: Oil on paper, laid on wood
  • Framed Size (h w d): 89 x 69 x 7 cm

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