Jan 28, 2008
Jan 28, 2008



c. 1720-1730

Antonio Tarsia

(Italian, 1663-1739)


Overall: 25.5 x 32 x 19.5 cm (10 1/16 x 12 5/8 x 7 11/16 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Sherman E. Lee in memory of Professor Donald Weeks 1981.227


To stop attacks by a sea monster sent to punish Queen Cassiopeia for bragging that she was more beautiful than the nymphs of the sea, an oracle decreed that her virgin daughter, Andromeda, be tied to a rock and sacrificed to the creature. The hero Perseus would eventually save her, but artists often chose this moment as an opportunity to display a young, nude woman, justified by a veneer of mythology.

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