The fall of Icarus (detail of Icarus in right corner just below the boat). Pieter Bruegel.
The fall of Icarus, Odilon Redon. nd. The Rothschild Art Collection.
Daedalus was an architect and master craftsman who constructed a hollow cow so that the Queen of Crete could mate with Poseidon's white bull. From that union the monstrous Minotaur, half-man and half-bull, was born. The ruler of Crete, King Minos, then commanded that Daedalus construct the Labyrinth to secure the dangerous beast.
Many years later, the hero Theseus came to Crete to slay the Minotaur. Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos, assisted him by providing a golden thread which he tied to the entrance of the maze. After Theseus killed the Minotaur, he followed the thread back to the entrance and then he and Ariadne fled together.