Artist Titian's magnificent painting Bacchus and Ariadne was inspired by the ancient Roman poet Ovid's story of the legendary lovers in his Ars amatoria:
Ariadne on Naxos,
Wandering out of her mind, over the desolate sands,
Just as she came from sleep, her garments loosened, and barefoot, Weeping, calling a name, Theseus! waves could not hear.
Nor was there any disgrace in all the sorrow she bore.
Beating her gentle breast, she cried, "He has gone, he has left me,
Left me forsaken, and gone, what will become of me now,
What will become of me now?" and heard, in answer, the cymbals
Sounding along the shore, heard the beat of the drums
Beaten by frenzied hands, broke off her words, and in terror
Fell to the ground in a swoon, whiter than Parian stone.
And here the Bacchantes came, their tresses streaming behind them,
Here old Silenus came, drunk, on his sway-backed burro,
Hanging on for dear life, bouncing, and grabbing the mane.
Then comes the god in his car, with the clusters of grapes hanging over,
Holding the reins of gold, driving the tigers along,
And there was the girl who had lost her voice, her color, her Theseus,
Trying, three times, to escape, failing, three times, in her fear,
History of Italian Renaissance Art
In this impressive book, Professor Frederick Hartt examines the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the Italian Renaissance. First, the roots of the Renaissance are explored, then the Quattrocento and Cinquecento are revealed in this masterful work.