Danaë Receiving the Golden Rain, 1610

The young princess Danaë was locked in a bronze tower by her father, the king of Argos, to keep out suitors because an oracle had foretold that the king would be killed by his daughter's son. The Roman god Jupiter cleverly visited Danaë in the form of a golden shower, leaving her pregnant. Despite the king's efforts, fate prevails; his daughter gives birth to a boy, Perseus, who would accidentally slay his grandfather with a discus.

Details
Title
Danaë Receiving the Golden Rain
Artist Life
1566–1651
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.725
Catalogue Raisonne
B.77; Holl.198; B.111,151,77
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