Perseus and Andromeda

In the famous tale from Greek mythology, Andromeda is chained to a rock on the shore as a sacrifice to a sea monster sent by Poseidon, God of the Sea. The hero
Perseus appears on horseback just in time to save Andromeda from her death. Eros (Roman: Cupid) has also appeared situated between them both as a sign of there intense desire for each other. Perseus is depicted with wings on his ankles.

The portrayal of the naked Andromeda by the Victorian painter William Etty of York will not have surprised his critics. The controversial artist divided opinion between those who admired his skilful and colourful renditions of historical and classical subjects and those who disapproved of his use of female nudes and dismissed his work as titillation.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Fine Art
Collection Class
oil on canvas
Common Name
Perseus and Andromeda
Simple Name
Period Classification
George I (1714-1727)
Production Country
France or Italy
Production Person Surname
French or Venetian School
Production Year Low
Production Year High

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Perseus and Andromeda