"This copy has always been supposed to be the work of a pupil of the great venetian master. The original is in the museum at Naples. The picture was brought to America by Mr. James Bowdoin, of Boston, in 1809. It was given at his death, in 1811, to Bowdoin College, Maine, where it remained till 1850, when it was cleaned and relined by D. Chase, of Boston. In 1855 it was given to Nathan Cummings, of Portland, Me., in consideration of a large subscription he made to the fund for building the college chapel. In May, 1863, he sold it to Geo. Henry Hall, of New York, artist who retouched some injured parts, and with whom for the first time since Mr. Bowdoin's death, it found an appropriate home. " The following is the mythological story connected with it: an oracle had foretold that Danae, daughter of Acrisius, King of Argos, would give birth to a son, who would kill his grand- father. She was immured in a subterranean chamber, but Zeus, who loved her, changed himself into a shower of golden rain and visited her through the roof of her prison. Danae repre- sents the country of Argos; her prison is the heavens enveloped during the gloomy months of winter with thick clouds. Perseus, her offspring by Zeus, represents the light of the sun which returns in the spring and begins its contest with the powers of death and darkness. " Danae is also sometimes regarded as the embodiment of mercenary love. Titian, by painting the gold coins and the astonished cupid in his picture, evidently intends the subject to be considered in this light." [P. 10.]
Louisville Industrial Exposition. Catalogue of Paintings and Statuary 1879. Louisvville, Ky.: Courier Journal and Job Printing Rooms. 1879.