Room 40

Sebastiano Ricci, Bacchus and Ariadne

Ariadne was abandoned on the island of Naxos by Theseus and was discovered there by the god Bacchus, who fell in love with her. (Ovid, ‘Metamorphoses’, 8).

Batoni, Time orders Old Age to destroy Beauty

The winged figure of Time, who holds an hourglass, has ordered Old Age to destroy Beauty.

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