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According to Greek mythology, Danaë's father Acrisius, King of Argos, was told he would be killed by his daughter’s son, so he locked her in a tower. The Roman poet Ovid writes in his 'Metamorphoses' that Jupiter came to her disguised as a shower of gold. Their son Perseus accidentally killed his grandfather with a discus. This is a copy of Titian’s original of 1545 (now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid) but there is a difference: here there is an attendant putto in place of the old woman in Titian's work.
oil on canvas
122 x 172.5 cm
gift, as part of the endowment, from the 6th Earl of Morley, 1957
National Trust, Saltram
Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7 1UH EnglandView venue
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