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Object number


Object type



Sarcophagus: discovery of Ariadne

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


Was Fa 2 no.19
Bm 11 57.1 and 58.2 and 59.3 are catalogued together being drawings of the same sarcophagus

Other number

Fa 3 Palazzo no. 19


Content (description)

In the centre lies Ariadne. A maenad and a satyr lift her garment from her. Two maenads, one holding an infant, look on in the background left, while Pan, seated on a high rock on left turns to Dionysus, who stands in a biga, supported by a young satyr. Two bearded centaurs draw the biga, the one in the background carrying a krater on his shoulder; the other with a garland round his belly and a putto sitting on his back, has sunk to the ground with his hindlegs and embraces a young centaur. On far left a draped maenad stands cross-legged, leaning on a pillar, a tiger behind her legs. On right of Ariadne a young Pan sits on the ground with a tiger and points to her. A nude satyr playing crotola and a draped maenad playing a tympanum dance together. On far right two females pour libations at a blazing altar, at the foot of a pillar, on which stands the statue of a nude youth. On far left and right grow vines, which spread their tendrils along above the figures to the centre.

Content (object)



height (actual size): 410mm
width (actual size): 569mm


Campiglia Palazzo Mattei No. 19 written in ink on the back of the drawing

Inscription description

B N 19 written in pencil on the front of the drawing lower left

Materials & techniques note

black lead pencil on paper




History and association

Previous ownership


• Matz (III ; no. 220 now lost)
• Monumenta Matthaeiana (III tav. VII.1)
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