Perseus and Andromeda, Giorgio Vasari – description of the painting

Description of the picture:

Perseus and Andromeda – Giorgio Vasari. 1570-1572. Canvas, oil. 117 x 100 cm
The creator of the famous “Biographies” in this picture became a catchy representative of the school of Italian mannerism. This is said by the unnatural poses of the characters, as if they were playing a scene in front of the audience from a specially staged and staged performance.

As a theme for the canvas, the classic theme from ancient mythology about the liberation by the hero of Perseus of the beautiful Ethiopian princess Andromeda was used. According to legend, the shores of this country were terrorized and devastated by a terrible monster, and the daughter of a local king, the charming and young Andromeda, should act as an atoning sacrifice. She was chained to a rock in the sea and left to be eaten by a monster. But the mighty Perseus, who received winged sandals and a helmet from Mercury, saved the beauty by killing the monster and thereby freeing the whole kingdom.

The painting, rich in color, contains two main characters – Perseus and Andromeda, as well as his faithful companion – the winged horse Pegasus, occupying the corner of the picture. The remaining sati paintings are filled with many secondary characters. These are blond and puffy beauties, with hairstyles styled according to the then Florentine fashion, naked and languid, bathing in the already safe sea and extracting scarlet coral branches from it.

The painting is attracted by mastery of color and light, precise elaboration of details and a detailed image of the human body."

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