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Perseus Rescuing Andromeda

Cavaliere d'Arpino (Giuseppe Cesari)

Italian, 1568–1640

Perseus Rescuing Andromeda

1594/95

The Greek hero Perseus, traveling home after slaying Medusa, spotted the princess Andromeda chained to a rock. He rescued her from being sacrificed to a sea monster and won her hand in marriage. This painting depicts a version of the ancient myth popularized in sixteenth-century Italy, in which Perseus arrives astride Pegasus, the winged horse born from Medusa’s blood. Small mythological scenes like this made Arpino one of Rome’s most fashionable painters among sophisticated connoisseurs.

Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions 20 11/16 x 14 15/16 in. (52.5 x 38 cm)
Object Number 2010.7
Acquisition Acquired by the Clark, 2010
Status On View

Image Caption

Cavaliere d'Arpino (Giuseppe Cesari), Perseus Rescuing Andromeda, 1594/95, Oil on panel. Acquired by the Clark, 2010. The Clark Art Institute, 2010.7.

Provenance

[Carlo Orsi, Milan]; Katz Foundation Collection, London (by sale to Clark Art Institute, 2010); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2010.

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