Fine art print.
Features statue of Greek god Perseus and goddess Andromeda, titled "Persee et Andromede". Perseus the legendary founder of Mycenae was the first of the heroes of Greek mythology whose exploits in defeating various monsters provided the founding myths of the Twelve Olympians. Perseus beheaded the Gorgon Medusa, and saved Andromeda from the sea monster Cetus. Andromeda's mother Cassiopeia boasted that her daughter was more beautiful than the Nereids, the nymph-daughters of the sea god Nereus and often seen accompanying Poseidon. To punish the queen for her arrogance, Poseidon, brother to Zeus and god of the sea, sent a sea monster named Cetus to ravage the coast of Aethiopia including the kingdom of the vain queen. The desperate king consulted the Oracle of Apollo, who announced that no respite would be found until the king sacrificed his daughter, Andromeda, to the monster. Stripped naked, she was chained to a rock on the coast. Perseus was returning from having slain the Gorgon Medusa. After he happened upon the chained Andromeda, he approached Cetus while invisible (for he was wearing Hades's helm), and killed the sea monster. He set Andromeda free, and married her.
Based on an engraving from 1689 of statues at Versailles Palace by Simon Thomassin, which we have carefully restored and enhanced.
- Artist / Collection: Thomassin, Simon
- Stock Number: fva25229