Here you can play with the figures in the painting, freely creating variations on the original work, but you can also practice your compositional skills by working on some of the exercises suggested.


It’s possible to drag the figures with your mouse, the movement buttons or the arrow keys on your keyboard, using the Space bar to change your selection. To find out about the other buttons, press ? for help and then… enjoy yourself.

Challenge 1   See example


Using button 4 (see Help ?) hide all the figures except Bacchus, Ariadne and the boy. Use the commands "Move" (2), "Invert" (3), "Change Colour" (5), to arrive —if possible— at a composition that is balanced and original, in which the three figures establish an interesting relationship between each other. You can also change the colour of the whole background.



Challenge 2   See example


Invert the background of the picture with button 3 and then try to create a new composition —by dragging, inverting and changing the colour of the figures— capable of restoring the lost equilibrium and, along the way, transforming the significance of the whole scene, For example, you could turn Ariadne into a figure in Bacchus' retinue, substituting any other person in the picture as the protagonist.



Challenge 3See example


Use the Change Colour tool on the figures and the background in order to make Ariadne stand out from everyone and everything else. For example, you could change all the colours to warmer and softer shades and then make Ariadne stand out with an intense, cold colour like blue (by default), green or violet.



Challenge 4See example


Invert all the figures in the picture and then place Ariadne on the right and Bacchus' retinue on the left. Using the sliding control, change the largest possible number of figures —and the sky— to shades of green. Now try making one of the figures stand out with a complementary colour to green, that is to say, primary red or magenta.



Challenge 5See example


Bring Bacchus as far forward as possible and leave all the other figures behind, hiding those that you don't need. As ever, you can invert and change the colour of the figures and the background in order to achieve a striking composition which —if possible— makes sense.