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Danae - Titian Vecellio. 129.8x181.2
A representative of the Venetian school, the greatest Italian Renaissance painter, Titian (1476 / 1477-1576) is on a par with artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Rafael. The master painted paintings on biblical and mythological subjects, was an outstanding portrait painter.
Renaissance myth of Danae acted in art as a form of artistic generalization. Titian repeatedly turned to this image, wrote several versions of the Danai, one commissioned by the king of Spain.
Argos king Akrisia had a beautiful daughter, Danae. The Delphic oracle predicted to the king that his grandson would deprive him of the throne. Acrisius put his daughter in a copper tower, where none of the mortals could penetrate. But Zeus, captivated, penetrated her golden rain. After the future hero was born - Perseus. The meeting of Danai and Zeus takes place against the backdrop of the sunset, soft colorful tones as it were dissolved in each other. The figure of a naked woman is similar to the sculptures of Michelangelo "Aurora" and "Night" from the Medici chapel, but the color of the picture remains truly Titian: the colors seem to flicker from piercing light, emphasizing the intensity of the feelings of the heroes.
“Danae” presented the artist with the opportunity to create a female image, not just flooded with light, but as if consisting of it. A figure woven from golden rays became a discovery in painting. The subtle and smooth transition from light painting to shadow, the rejection of dividing lines laid the foundation for a new creative period of the 1550s. “Danae” transformed Titian from a talented painter into a genius of his era.