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John William Waterhouse (6 April 1849  10 February 1917)  Ariadne  Oil on canvas, 1898  91 x 151 cm  Private collection
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Title: Ariadne
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John William Waterhouse (6 April 1849 — 10 February 1917)
Ariadne
Oil on canvas, 1898
91 x 151 cm
Private collection

'Whan Adryane his wif aslepe was
For that hire syster fayrer was than she,
He taketh hire in his hond and forth goth he
To shipe, and as a traytour stal his wey, 
Whil that this Adryane aslepe lay.'
Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400), 'The Legend of Good Women' 

Each year, as payment for the slaughter of Minos' son, the Athenians offered a tribute of youths and maidens to the monstrous Minotaur that dwelt in the Cretan labyrinth. Designed by Dedalus, the labyrinth was built of such complexity that nobody had ever escaped its confines. Ariadne's father, Minos, the King of Crete, selected Theseus as part of the offering, but on his arrival at the island Ariadne fell in love with him and, loath to see him die, secretly gave him a spool of thread by which he could trace his way the maze. Theseus slew the Minotaur and fled Crete, carrying Ariadne away as his wife, but when they arrived at the island of Naxos the Olympic gods shrouded his mind with forgetfulness and he deserted her while she lay asleep.

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John William Waterhouse (6 April 1849  10 February 1917)  A Roman Offering  Oil on canvas, circa 1890  Unknown locationJohn William Waterhouse (6 April 1849  10 February 1917)  Ariadne  Oil on canvas, 1898  91 x 151 cm  Private collectionJohn William Waterhouse (6 April 1849  10 February 1917)  At Capri  Oil on canvas, 1890  84 x 47 cm  Location unknown
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