Theseus and Ariadne by the Cretan labyrinth; in the foreground the labyrinth (lettered: 'AbbE RINTO') with the two figures named: 'TESEO' and 'ADRIANNA'; in the background from the left Ariadne is seen abandoned on a rocky island, making signals to Theseus's ship, plunging into the sea, being rescued by Jupiter and carried to heaven; on the right Aegeus, father of Theseus, is shown throwing himself into the sea; several scrolls bear the names of the figures.  c.1460-70 Engraving

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1845,0825.487

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Theseus and Ariadne by the Cretan labyrinth; in the foreground the labyrinth (lettered: 'AbbE RINTO') with the two figures named: 'TESEO' and 'ADRIANNA'; in the background from the left Ariadne is seen abandoned on a rocky island, making signals to Theseus's ship, plunging into the sea, being rescued by Jupiter and carried to heaven; on the right Aegeus, father of Theseus, is shown throwing himself into the sea; several scrolls bear the names of the figures. c.1460-70 Engraving

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  • Theseus and Ariadne by the Cretan labyrinth; in the foreground the labyrinth (lettered: 'AbbE RINTO') with the two figures named: 'TESEO' and 'ADRIANNA'; in the background from the left Ariadne is seen abandoned on a rocky island, making signals to Theseus's ship, plunging into the sea, being rescued by Jupiter and carried to heaven; on the right Aegeus, father of Theseus, is shown throwing himself into the sea; several scrolls bear the names of the figures.  c.1460-70 Engraving

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  • Theseus and Ariadne by the Cretan labyrinth; in the foreground the labyrinth (lettered "AbbE RINTO") with the two figures named "TESEO" and "ADRIANNA"; in the background from the left Ariadne is seen abandoned on a rocky island, making signals to Theseus's ship, plunging into the sea, being rescued by Jupiter and carried to heaven; on the right Aegeus, father of Theseus, is shown throwing himself into the sea; several scrolls bear the names of the figures.  c.1460-70 Engraving

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