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Minotaur and Ariadne

Ina Mar

Munich, Germany

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Dimensions: 70×100cm (27.5×39.3in)
Technique: mixed media (ink drawing on paper, photomanipulation and digital drawing)

I revisited the Greek myth and decided to pair Ariadne with the Minotaur, instead of Theseus. Her hair is rolled up into a ball of thread. Instead of falling in love with Theseus and helping him slay the Minotaur and escape the labyrinth, Ariadne fell in love with the Minotaur (actually her half-brother) and tamed the beast.

In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man. Minos had Daedalus build a Labyrinth to house the Minotaur, the beast that his wife Pasiphae bore after having intercourse with a bull. (Minos had refused to sacrifice a bull to Poseidon, as the king promised, so the god took revenge by causing his wife to desire the bull). Minos required tribute from Athens in the form of young men and women to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. Theseus, an Athenian, volunteered to accompany one of these groups of victims to slay the monster and deliver his country from the tribute to Minos. Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos, fell in love with Theseus and helped him navigate the Labyrinth, by giving him a ball of thread, which he let unwind through the Labyrinth allowing him to retrace his path. Theseus killed the Minotaur and led the other Athenians back out of the labyrinth.

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