Dec 8, 2009

Story of Perseus and Andromeda

Story of Perseus and Andromeda

early 1500s

Tapestry weave: wool and silk

Overall: 320.5 x 446.8 cm (126 3/16 x 175 7/8 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1927.487



The Greek mythological story of Perseus and Andromeda is represented here as a quest for a maiden, read from right to left in three sections. At the upper right, Andromeda has been chained to a rock by her parents, at the lower right, as a sacrifice to a dragon sent by Poseidon, god of the sea. In the center on a millefleur (floral) ground, Perseus on horseback kills the dreaded dragon. Within the castle at the left, Perseus kneels before an altar, and at the far left, he marries Andromeda.


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