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Danae and the Golden Shower, Carlo Maratta (1625-1713).

Oil on canvas, 30.5cm by 38cm.

Zeus descended upon Danae as a shower of gold, in order to seduce her; their son was the Greek hero Perseus.

This is one of four small paintings bought by the 5th Earl of Exeter (see also PICs 238, 239 & 244); it appears in the 1738 Inventory, p. 55-6: “The Dressing room ……4 small Pieces; Jupiter and Alcmene, Danäe and the Golden Shower. Leda and the Swan.Ixion and the Cloud”.

 

REFERENCE: PIC 245

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