Sleeping Ariadne

Sleeping Ariadne, the famous Hellenistic muse, is one of the most famous sculptures of Antiquity, dating from the Roman Emperor Hadrian period (2nd century AD). It is, however, a copy of another sculpture of the Pergamene school of the 2nd century BC. Several critics argue that the model of inspiration was the empress of Egypt Cleopatra, because of the snake bracelet on the left arm. Some scholars see the sculpture as portraying the uneasiness of the last sleep stage, just before wakening. The work became the model of many others over several centuries in terms of sleep representation, especially with regard to the elbow raised above the head. The sculpture was purchased in 1512 by Pope Julius II and is housed in the Vatican Museum