BLANCHARD, Jacques
(b. 1600, Paris, d. 1638, Paris)

Danae

1630-33
Oil on canvas
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

The theme of the princess confined in a tower and visited by Jupiter in the form of a shower of gold was extremely popular in arts from the 16th century, Danaë is frequently represented in Renaissance and Baroque painting. You can view other depictions of Danaë in the Web Gallery of Art.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 5 minutes):
Richard Strauss: Danaë's Love, Danaë's monologue