John Slavin Art

Portfolio: Lockdown Paintings March-June 2020

Myth and Wonder tale
Ariadne and Bacchus

Ariadne and Bacchus

A contemporary interpretation of the classic Greek myth set in front of the Marchmont Mosque in Edinburgh, with a view to Arthur’s Seat. A contemporary interpretation of the classic Greek myth set in front of the Marchmont Mosque in Edinburgh, with a view to Arthur’s Seat. The painting is a re-working of Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne, 1522-1523. Dionysus is a small boy on a small bike and Ariadne a black puppet or doll, perhaps. In the sky is Corona Borealis, the ring of stars given Ariadne as a wedding present; now associated with the coronavirus-19 lockdown. The moment is optimism, hope and colour caught in the heavens in the lasso of Corona Borealis. Just as Ariadne has been deserted by her betrothed Theseus, Ariadne in act of waving farewell finds herself in the company of her new husband-to-be Bacchus (or Dionysus). The entourage of Bacchus are colourfully inflated; the headgear representing the head of mortal humanity engaged for birth.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 70cm
Can be seen at The Dundas Street Gallery