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Theseus and Ariadne

1928 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 7 3/4 x 13 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (19.7 x 34.3 x 14.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.24 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


Luce Center Label

Man Observing Sleeping Nude is also known as Theseus and Ariadne. According to Greek legend, Theseus traveled to Crete to kill the Minotaur, a half man and half beast who lived in a labyrinth. The king’s daughter, Ariadne, fell in love with Theseus, and helped him defeat the monster and find his way out of the labyrinth. After they both escaped, Theseus abandoned Ariadne while she was sleeping, and this sculpture depicts the moment just before he disappeared.

Keywords

Mythology - classical - Ariadne

Mythology - classical - Theseus

State of being - other - sleep

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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