Perseus and Andromeda (1554 – 1556) by Titian

Perseus and Andromeda - Titian - 1554 - 1556

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TitlePerseus and Andromeda
Date1554 - 1556
Dimensions175 x 189.5 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationWallace Collection, London, UK

About Perseus and Andromeda

“Perseus and Andromeda” is a mythological painting by Titian, created during the period of 1554 to 1556. This oil on canvas artwork is a part of Mannerism, an art movement associated with the Late Renaissance. The painting measures 175 cm in height and 189.5 cm in width and currently resides in the Wallace Collection in London, UK. It is one of the works included in the series of mythological paintings, known as poesie, that were commissioned by Philip II between 1553 and 1562.

In the artwork, the drama of a classical myth unfolds. The central figure is Andromeda, shown nude and in chains, with a look of distress and anticipation as she stands on a dark, rocky shore. The chains that hold her suggest her plight as a sacrificial offering to a sea monster, which can be seen lurking menacingly in the water at her feet. The heroic figure of Perseus flies down from the heavens, adorned in vibrant armor, and equipped with the winged sandals that grant him flight. His determined gaze and body language convey his intent to rescue Andromeda from her dire fate. The overall composition, characterized by dynamic poses and a rich play of light and shadow, is evocative of the Mannerist style’s fondness for complexity and elegance. The artwork captures a moment of high tension and the imminent triumph of good over evil, imbued with the emotional intensity and sumptuous detail for which Titian’s work is renowned.

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