Theseus and Ariadne

  • Paul Manship, Theseus and Ariadne, 1928, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.24

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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.

Title
Theseus and Ariadne
Artist
Date
1928
On View
Dimensions
7 3/4 x 13 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (19.7 x 34.3 x 14.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Mythology – classical – Theseus
  • Mythology – classical – Ariadne
  • State of being – other – sleep
Object Number
1966.47.24
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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