(b. 1812, Firenze, d. 1887, Firenze)


White marble, height 146 cm
Private collection

Ovid tells in the Metamorphoses how Andromeda, daughter of an Ethiopian king, was chained to a rock by the sea-shore as a sacrifice to a sea-monster. Perseus, the son of Danaë slew the monster and released Andromeda. While most artistic representations of the myth depict the moment in which Perseus comes to Andromeda's rescue, Romanelli represents the maiden in the midst of her peril, seemingly setting eyes on the monster for the first time.

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