Last weekend HGO Studio members performed Love, Loss, and Solitude in Rienzi's Gallery. Selections came from Debussy, Schumann, Sondheim, and Mandel, among others. What really struck me was how just feet away, in Rienzi's Breakfast Room, Angelica Kauffman's Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus usually hangs. The painting depicts Ariadne on the island of Naxos, where her lover, the Greek hero Theseus, left her after he promised to marry her when she saved him from a labyrinth.The distraught Ariadne coupled with the ship disappearing on the horizon evoked the same emotions HGO Studio's performance did. As part of the exhibition Antiquity Revived: Neoclassical Art in the Eighteenth Century, Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus will be on view at the MFAH's Beck Building through May 30th. Be sure to stop by Rienzi when it goes back on view to ponder about the love, loss, and solitude experienced by the graceful Greek goddess.
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