Plate XLIII - Ariadne

Ariadne is seen, in plate XLIII, just awaking after the fatal sleep during which Theseus had deserted her. The ship of her ungrateful paramour is seen in the distance. The subject was much admired by the ancients, and the figure of Ariadne is full of grace. The sea is represented of a deep-blue colour which contrasts well with the figures, and the sky almost mixes with the horizon. The right hand of Ariadne is here in the favourite position of the painter. Her hair is, as usual, auburn, and her robe is rose-colour very prettily shaded. Xenophon, in the Banquet of Socrates, insinuates that Bacchus and Ariadne were favourite subjects for eating-rooms. In this house we accordingly find a repetition in the chamber of Leda, as exhibited in plate XLIX.

Below are two borders offering certain variations, though not very dissimilar in taste. Above is seen the only picture of the whole detail of the roof and compluvium of the ancients which has ever been seen by the author. It occurs in the house of the Tragic Poet ; and though the facts seem to have been perfectly comprehended before, yet it is of consequence, as well as exceedingly satisfactory, to be able to cite an authority on the subject.