Danae and the Brazen Tower
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Warned by an oracle that his daughter's son would one day kill him, Acrisius, King of Argos, imprisoned his daughter, Danae, in a tower of brass. In due course, however, she bore a son to Jove who slew his grandfather as the oracle had predicted. In Burne-Jones's painting, Danae anxiously watches the workmen enclosing the tower in curved plates of brass. Like many of Burne-Jones's Greek subjects, the story was probably not taken directly from an antique text but from a later source, in this case, from William Morris's Earthly Paradise which also inspired Burne-Jones's series on the theme of Perseus, the Pygmalion set and the story of Cupid and Psyche.
- Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites, Jon Whiteley
Owner/Location: Ashmolean Museum - University of Oxford  (United Kingdom - Oxford)
Dates: 1887-1888
Artist age:Approximately 55 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 38 cm (14.96 in.), Width: 19 cm (7.48 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on panel
Entered by: Member chris_mccormick on 02 November 2001.
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