“Bacco e Arianna” by Luca Giordano

Where: The Castelvecchio in Verona, Italy.

Bacco e Arianna

Photo: S. Cole

I found this painting hanging in the Castelvecchio in Verona, Italy, depicting the Greek myth of Bacchus and Ariadne. Luca Giordano (1632-1705) was a prolific Italian painter with a speedy hand, earning him the somewhat ungracious nickname of “Thunderbolt.”

The Castelvecchio is a beautifully preserved castle for touring with an interior art museum that surprises. Don’t miss its many artifacts of the age, including armor, spears and other implements of castle defense.

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