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The Shower of Gold, (painting)

Artist:
Liberi, Pietro b. 1605
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 26
Acrisius, king of Argos, had been warned by an oracle that his daughter Danae would give birth to a son who would slay his grandfather. Therefore he shut her up in a dungeon, where she was, however, visited by Jupiter, who descended in a shower of gold. Her infant, Perseus, was, with his mother, inclosed in a chest and thrown into the sea, but they were rescued, and the oracular prediction was, of course, fulfilled by the son when he became a man. NOTE.--Pietro Liberi (frequently known by his title of Cavaliere Liberi) was born in Padua in 1605. After studying under Alessandro Varotari, one of the best masters of his time, and carefully copying the most famous works of the great Italians, he formed from all his models a style of his own, which gained for him the highest celebrity and caused him to be considered as the most learned, in point of design, of all the Venetian school. His works have been divided into the sublime and the beautiful; in the former he was in the habit of introducing nude figures, generally selecting his subjects from classical mythology; in the department of the beautiful he took more modern topics and treated them with a delicacy and power that gave him imperishable fame. [Pp. 15-16; see entry 04130001 for related commentary.]
Rochester Academy of Art. (Incorporated 1874.) 40 & 42 State Street. Catalogue of the Works of Art, exhibited at their First Exhibition. In June, 1875. Rochester, N.Y.: Union and Advertiser Company's Book and Job Print. 1875.
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Danae
Mythology--Classical--Jupiter
Figure group
State of Being--Evil--Imprisonment
Control number:
AECI 04130026
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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