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Perseus and Andromeda

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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The story of Perseus and Andromeda is told in Ovid’s 'Metamorphoses'. Queen Cassiopeia, wife of Cepheus, King of Joppa, boasted that she and her daughter Andromeda were more beautiful than the sea nymphs, the Nereids. Neptune, god of the sea, angry at this insult, sent a sea monster to destroy Cepheus’s kingdom. Andromeda was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to appease the monster, but was rescued by Perseus whom she later married.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

probably 1554–1556

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 173 x W 186.8 cm

Accession number

P11

Acquisition method

acquired by Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford, 1815; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

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