Danae By Correggio
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Correggio (1489-1534) is the pseudonym of Italian painter Antonio Allegri, who was born into the family of provincial artists in the town of Correggio. As a painter he worked in Parma, where he came in contact and experienced a wide range of influences of different Italian art schools of the High Renaissance - first Leonardo de Vinci and the Venetians, then Michelangelo and Raphael. He managed to make his own way in Italian art. He surpassed the traditions of the High Renaissance; at the same time he has practically no links with Mannerism, which began to form in the 1520s-1530s.
Correggio‘s masterpiece, Danae, depicts one of the four stories in Ovid‘s Metamorphoses. Danae - the daughter of Acrisius, King of Argos. The oracle warned Acrisius that he would be slain by his grandson. The king ordered Danae to be locked in her bedroom. Zeus found out about Danae and came to her as a golden rain. As a result of this love affair Perseus was born. Acrisius ordered his daughter and grandson to be thrown into the sea in a wooden chest. Correggio, a sophisticated naturalist painter at the time of Mannerism, has always been celebrated for the subtle shades, and imperceptible changes of tone he created by using subtle glazing.
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