Bacchus and Ariadne on the Island of Naxos; Aurora, a pair watercolour and gouache on paper, laid down on canvas each 49.5 x 87.4cm (19 1/2 x 34 7/16in), (2).
Guido Renis lost painting of Bacchus and Ariadne on the Island of Naxos was originally commissioned by Queen Henrietta Maria in 1637, who requested a mythological scene to decorate the ceiling of her bedroom in the Queens House, Greenwich. It depicts the marriage of Bacchus and Ariadne, accompanied by Venus, Cupid, fauns and putti. The Queen was never to see the work however, as the final composition was considered inappropriate for England's increasingly Puritanical climate.
Upon the dispersal of the English Royal Collection the painting came into the possession of Michel Particelli d'Emery, an Italian financier. Upon his death in 1650 his widow ordered her servants to cut up and set fire to the work because she thought it so lascivious.