London

The Silent Statue, 1913.

The Silent Statue, 1913.

Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Ariadne


London
January 22–April 13

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
November 3, 2002–January 5, 2003

Curated by Michael Taylor

While Renaissance artists frequently depict Ariadne bewailing her abandonment by Theseus on the island of Naxos, Giorgio de Chirico shows the princess fast asleep, just before Bacchus wings in on his chariot to rescue her. She is seen as a life-size antique marble sharply lit in Mediterranean midday sun—the personification of estrangement and melancholy. The eight haunting Ariadne paintings of 1912–13 are brought together for the first time in an exhibition selected by the PMA’s Michael Taylor; they join other versions of the Ariadne myth de Chirico made long after his celebrated Metaphysical period.