The oil on canvas painting titled ‘Perseus Freeing Andromeda’ (1638) by the Flemish Baroque sculptor and painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), dimensions 94 cm x 189 cm, is currently on display at the German museum Gemäldegalerie (Room VIII), Berlin.
In Greek mythology, Princess Andromeda (Andromédē), the daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia of Ethiopia, was chained to a rock on the seashore as a sacrifice to a sea monster. She had to suffer this as a divine punishment for the boastful bragging of her mother Cassiopeia that she was more beautiful than the Sea God Nereus’ nymph-daughters, the Nereids. However, Andromeda’s would-be husband Perseus arrived in time and saved her from death.
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