Perseus and Andromeda (Rubens)

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Perseus and Andromeda
Peter Paul Rubens - Perseus and Andromeda (Hermitage Museum).jpg
Artist Peter Paul Rubens
Year c. 1622
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 99.5 cm × 139 cm (39.2 in × 55 in)
Location Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

Perseus and Andromeda is a 1622 painting by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens featuring the ancient Greek myth of Perseus and Andromeda after the former's defeat of the Gorgon.

The paintings shows the Gorgon's reflection on Perseus' shield, the painting also shows Tobiano Pegasus, the goddess of glory over Perseus' head and several putti. The bottom of the painting partially shows Cetus, killed by Perseus earlier.

This painting probably remained in Rubens' house until his death; an engraving from 1684, depicting the facade of Rubens' house in Antwerp, shows the painting through the window of the second floor. In the summer of 1769 the painting was acquired by the Russian Hermitage Museum from the collections of Heinrich von Brühl,[1] it is now housed in the Rubens Hall on the second floor of the Hermitage Museum.[2]

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