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Andromeda

Engraving of a nude woman with her wrists chained to a rock. At her feet lie human bones, including a skull, and in the background a man in amour rides a flying horse, holding a sword.
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  • Engraving of a nude woman with her wrists chained to a rock. At her feet lie human bones, including a skull, and in the background a man in amour rides a flying horse, holding a sword.

Date:

1601

Artist:

Jan Saenredam (Dutch, 1565-1607)
after Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558-1617)

About this artwork

This engraving by Jan Saenredam after a drawing by Hendrick Goltzius envisions the story of Andromeda as a traditional Renaissance nude. The beautifully bare princess Andromeda has been chained to a bone-strewn rock as food for a ravening sea beast, when Perseus swoops in on Pegasus to do battle with the creature and save the damsel in distress. Andromeda’s nudity is accentuated by her flowing locks, blown dramatically by the wind and waves; she is a comely tidbit for monster or man. Saenredam’s early training was in cartography, and his rendition of Goltzius’s sea beast resembles the hybrid stock characters that populate dangerous uncharted waters of 16th-century maps.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jan Saenredam

Title

Andromeda

Origin

Netherlands

Date

Published 1596–1606

Medium

Engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

255 × 175 mm

Credit Line

Elizabeth Hammond Stickney Collection

Reference Number

1887.311

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