Bacchus and Ariadne

Titian is known for his dramatic works of the Renaissance, a characteristic he certainly presents here, where Bacchus chases Ariadne in a lovestruck fury. Many of the figures, both human and fantastical, are shown in twisting motion, displaying Titian’s keen understanding of the human form. Bright and impressive colors add to theatrical aspect of this painting, including a bright blue sky, Bacchus’ pink cape, and rosy flesh. (

Creator: Titian

Date: 1520-3

Original Medium: Oil on canvas

Original Size: 176.5 x 191 cm

Location: National Gallery London