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Danae seated in a boat at left, the infant Perseus is in the arms of Acrisius at right about to be cast out to sea. 1543
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Height: 135 millimetres
Width: 198 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The subject of this print has been debated. Some suggests that it shows the parents of Moses preparing to send him down the Nile. Currently, scholars have settled on the identification as Danae, Perseus and Acrisius, however, such an identification is problematic, given that Danae and Perseus were exiled, according to myth, in a casket and not a boat.
This is Ghisi's first dated print (1543), although it is unlikely to be the first print that he made. It has been thought to derive from designs by Giulio Romano, although there are no surviving drawings or related works that confirm this.
The print survives as a unique state.
See The Engravings of Giorgio Ghisi, Ex Cat. New York, 1985, pp. 47-48.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1985 Apr-May, Missouri, St Louis Museum of Art, Giorgio Ghisi
1985 Jun-Sep, New York, MOMA, Giorgio Ghisi
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