Tintoretto: Danae

Danae: Tintoretto

Italian Mannerist painter Tintoretto chooses as his moment in his 1570 painting Danae as the aftermath of Zeus’s visit to the proverbial beauty. Danae was locked in a tower by her father to prevent her seduction and Zeus – finding no other way – descended through the roof in the guise of a shower of gold. This we see reference to in the golden leaves that still rest on Danae’s leg here.

Tintoretto’s Danae is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, France.

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