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Tempera Painting - Ariadne in Naxos

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ŠThe Southall Family

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1948P3
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1925 - 1926

Maker Information

Artist:Joseph Edward Southall - View biography for Joseph Edward Southall


Legend tells that when Theseus came to Crete to fight the Minotaur, Ariadne helped him to find his way out of the labyrinth in which the Minotaur lived. In return for saving his life Theseus promised to take Ariadne back to Athens. In the painting, Ariadne is just waking up to realise that she has been left behind. Southall liked this painting so much he hung it in his dining room.

Bequeathed by Mrs A E Southall in memory of her husband, 1948.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
School/Style:Birmingham School / Symbolist
Medium:Tempera on hand woven linen.


Height:835 mm
Width:1016 mm