• Red-figured Krater. Danae and Perseus, Acrisius and a Carpenter. B: Reclining Danae

    Dimensions:
    height: 45,7 cm

Red-figured Krater. Danae and Perseus, Acrisius and a Carpenter. B: Reclining Danae

Created: Attica. circa 490 BC

Found:

Krater is a large vessel used for mixing wine and water. This example is decorated with painting on the theme of the story of Danae, the daughter of Acrisius, King of Argos, and mother of Perseus. An oracle predicted that Acrisius would die at the hands of his own grandson and therefore he locked up his daughter in a cavern, dooming her to eternal virginity. But the god Zeus fell in love with the beautiful girl and entered her chamber in the form of a golden rain. From their union Perseus was born. Acrisius had made a large trunk in which he placed both daughter and grandson and sent them off to sea. The scenes of the meeting between Danae and Zeus and the placing of the heroine in the trunk were drawn by an Attic artist in the 5th century BC. He noted many realistic details - in Danae's room there is a colourful mattress and cushion, a mirror and a woman's cap hanging on the wall, as well as an elegant little stand for Danae's feet. The tools used in the making of the trunk are also clearly shown - the adze, drill and axe. But there are also many conventionalities, such as the rather flat twist of the bodies of Danae and Acrisius(head and legs in profile, eye and shoulders en face) and the decorative treatment of the folds of drapery, which use the scheme known as a "swallow tail". Monumental in style, the painting is highly skilled and is one of the first instances of the myth of Danae being represented in art, although the subject was to be increasingly popular over the centuries.

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Red-figured Krater. Danae and Perseus, Acrisius and a Carpenter. B: Reclining Danae

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height: 45,7 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1862; originally in the Marquis Campana collection in Rome

Inventory Number:

ГР-4531

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