Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Ariadne, (Daughter of Minos and Pasiphae, deserted on the Island of Naxos, by Theseus.) "An ideal of female beauty reposing upon the luxury of its own sensation, lost in sleep, and yielding, with child-like self-abandonment, to dreams of love." "How like a vision of pure love she seems!/ Her cheeks just flushed with innocent repose,/ That folds her thoughts up in delicious dreams,/ Like dew-drops in the chalice of a rose;/ Pillowed upon her arm and raven hair,/ How archly rests that bright and peaceful brow;/ Its rounded pearl defiance bids to care./ While kisses on the lips seem melting now;/ Prone in unconscious loveliness she lies;/ And leaves around her delicately sway;/ Veiled is the splendor of her beaming eyes,/ But o'er the limbs bewitching graces play;/ Ere into Eden's groves the serpent crept,/ Thus Eve within her leafy arbor slept!"--Tuckerman's "Artist Life." "In 1812 vanderlyn painted the 'Ariadne.' This painting proved Mr. vanderlyn's powers even more than the 'Marius,' and is, in my estimation, the finest figure of the kind I have ever seen. This picture has been purchased and engraved by A.B. Durand, Esq. himself an excellent painter, and our first engraver. The engraving of Mr. Durand is worthy of it."--Dunlap's Arts and Designs. [Gallery Notice.]
Vanderlyn's Ariadne. This most wonderful creation of the genius of Vanderlyn has been placed at the disposition of the Fine Arts Committee of the Sanitary Fair as a special Exhibition, on the express condition that season and other tickets, giving access to other parts of the Fair are not to be entitled to admission. Admission, fifty cents.