"Pietro Liberi. (1605-1687.) Padua. The shower of gold. 66 x 47. Danae, the daughter of Acrisius, King of Argos, was secluded by the latter, to forestall the fulfillment of a prediction by the oracle that she would bear a son who would kill and succeed him. A son was, nevertheless born to her. She imputed the boy to Jupiter, who, she alleged, descended on her in a shower of gold. The father had mother and son boxed up and committed to the mercy of the sea. After many adventures, the son, Perseus, accidentally killed his grandfather, Accrisius, with a quoit thrown by him in the public games."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.