Ancient 18th century painting
Ancient painting of the eighteenth century "Dana and Jupiter the Myth of the Golden Shower" Painted by the Venetian school, a follower of Tiziano Vecellio, proposes a theme repeatedly represented in the authoritative painting that goes from 1500 to the times of Gustav Klimt -1900. Dimensions: 156 X 114 cm The story of Danae and Jupiter The story of Danae and Jupiter: the myth of the golden rain Argo, with its many towers, was ruled by Acrisio who had only one daughter Danae, beautiful but who could not succeed him throne. Acrisio then went to consult an oracle who replied that Danae would give him a male nephew, who would become a great hero, but that he would be the cause of his death and would then reign in his place. To prevent the fulfillment of the prophecy, Acrisio had an underground prison built in one of the towers of the city with bronze walls, where he had Danae locked up. The unfortunate Danae, within the bronze walls, was controlled by armed sentries who had the task of not letting any man pass. But Jupiter (Zeus) to penetrate the underground and make the prophecy (will of the gods) come true, turned into golden rain which, during a thunderstorm it rained on the tower and penetrated underground, crossing the bronze walls, drenched Danae himself asleep, fertilizing her. When Perseus was born, the son of Danae, Acrisio, hearing the baby's shrieks, understood that a grandson had been born to him, lost his head from terror and, locked Danae and his son in a crate, made them throw into the sea to get rid of them and change the fate. At the behest of Jupiter the case remained afloat and ran aground on the shore of the island of Serìfo, one of the Cyclades, of which Pololidette was king. While fishing, the king's brother found the chest and the two shipwrecked ones and brought them to the palace of Polidette who welcomed them kindly. Pèrseo, the son of Jupiter and Danae, was raised as a prince, grew up healthy and strong, good, generous and eager for glory, some legends tell that the mother Danae meanwhile was the king's slave.