Danäe and the brazen Tower

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

 
Danäe and the brazen Tower
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 16cm x 32cm

Description

Burne-Jones probably used William Morris's Earthly Paradise as the source of this subject. Acrisius, King of Argos, having been warned by the oracle that he would be killed by his daughter's son, imprisoned her in a tower of brass. However, Danäe bore a son to Jove, who fulfilled the prophecy. Here, Danäe watches the construction of the tower with apprehension. This is one of two small versions of the subject painted by Burne-Jones for one of his strongest supporters, the Glasgow merchant, William Graham, in 1872; the second version, of 1876, is in the Fogg Art Museum. Burne-Jones's definitive treatment of the theme (Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery), was exhibited in 1888.

Image Details

Accession Number
 
WA1948.32
Material
 
oil on panel

image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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