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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)




oil on panel


H 231.1 x W 113 cm

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gift from William Connal, 1901

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