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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

The Rock of Doom

As he travels back to Seriphos Perseus spies a beautiful young woman chained to a rock, as William Morris puts it, 'Naked, except for tresses of her hair'. This is the luckless Andromeda whose mother had boasted of her beauty and incurred the wrath of Poseidon. In order to break the sea god's curse Andromeda is to be sacrificed to a sea serpent. Burne-Jones shows Perseus revealing himself to the girl who looks demurely embarrassed rather than terrified at her predicament. Perseus immediately falls in love and resolves to save her.

Mediummixed media on paper
Dimensions1540mm x 1286mm
Acquisition NumberSOTAG : 107
Credit LinePurchased in 1934 through the Chipperfield Bequest Fund

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