After Johann Heinrich von Dannecker ( German 1758-1841) A superb and monumental Italian circa 1890 hand carved white marble group of Ariadne and the panther. Ariadne naked with a vine wreath in her hair, looking ahead and lying across the back of a panther, her elbow resting on its head and holding drapery in her hand, on a stepped rectangular marble base
Dimensions: Total height 22 inches by length 25 inches by width 10&1/2 inches
H.W.Janson,/ Nineteenth Century Sculpture,/ Thames and Hudson, 1985, pp. 62-3.
The present sculpture is after the celebrated work by Johann Heinrich von Dannecker (d.1841) in the State Sculpture Gallery, Frankfurt. Ariadne, daughter of the king of King Minos of Crete, having helped Theseus, whom she loved, to escape from the Labyrinth was in return abandoned by him on the island of Naxos. Bacchus rescued her, consoled her and they soon were married. The vine wreaths in Ariadne's hair allude to her union with Bacchus the God of wine, as does the panther which is often depicted drawing Bacchus's Triumphal chariot. Ariadne's Heavenward gaze may also relate to the constellation that Bacchus created when he threw her jeweled crown to the Heavens.