According to Ovid’s 'Metamorphoses' (IV, 697–698), Danaë was imprisoned in a tower by her father, Acrisius, King of Argos, following a warning that he would be killed by any son she bore. Jupiter, king of the gods, came to her in a shower of golden rain, and later she gave birth to Perseus (see Titian P11) who later accidentally killed his grandfather with a discus. This is a late eighteenth-century copy of a picture by Titian of 1545–1546, which hung in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome in the first half of the eighteenth century, before being taken to Naples c.1759 (now Naples, Capodimonte, Gallerie Nazionale).
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The Wallace Collection
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