Perseus and Andromeda by Giorgio Vasari

Perseus and Andromeda by Giorgio Vasari

The author of the famous “Biographies” appeared in this picture as a bright representative of the school of Italian Mannerism. This is evidenced by the unnatural poses of the characters, as if playing the stage before the audience from a specially directed and staged performance. As a theme for the canvas was used a classic theme from ancient mythology about the liberation of the Persian hero by the beautiful Ethiopian princess Andromeda.

According to legend, the shores of this country terrorized and devastated the terrible monster and as a ransom sacrifice the daughter of the local king –

the charming and young Andromeda – was to perform. She was chained to the rock in the sea and left to be eaten by a monster.

But the mighty Perseus, who received winged sandals and a helmet from Mercury, saved the beautiful woman by killing a monster and thus freeing the whole kingdom. In a richly colored picture, there are two main characters – Perseus and Andromeda, as well as his faithful companion – the winged horse Pegasus, which occupies the corner of the picture. The rest of the canvas is filled with many minor characters. These are blond and gorgeous beauties, with hairstyles, dressed according to the Florentine fashion of that time, naked and languid, swimming in the already safe sea and extracting scarlet coral branches from it. In the painting attracts masterful possession of color and light, precise study of details and a detailed image of the human body.

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