Human Portraits: Andromeda goes away

Human Portraits: Andromeda goes away

Andromeda was a princess from Greek mythology who, as divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, (the Boast of Cassiopeia) was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster. She was saved from death by Perseus, her future husband. Her name is the Latinized form of the Greek Ἀνδρομέδη (Andromédē). The traditionaletymology of the name is “to think of a man,” from ἀνήρ, ἀνδρός (anēr, andrós) “man” combined with μήδομαι (mēdomai) “to think, to be mindful of.”

The subject has been popular in art since classical times. In the Christian period the subject was converted into the legend of St George and the Dragon, but from the Renaissance interest revived in the original story, typically as derived from Ovid‘s account.

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