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Danaë (The Tower of Brass)

Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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Warned by an oracle that his daughter's son would one day kill him, Acrisius, King of Argos, decided to imprison his daughter in a tower of brass. His efforts were in vain for Danae did have a son, Perseus, by Zeus who, having changed himself into a shower of gold entered the prison through the roof. The prophecy was fulfilled when Perseus accidentally killed his grandfather during games held in his honour by the King of Larissa.

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC)


Date

1887–1888

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 231.1 x W 113 cm

Accession number

936

Acquisition method

gift from William Connal, 1901

Work type

Painting


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