Andromeda by Rembrandt van Rijn was created in 1630. The painting is in Mauritshuis den Haag. The size of the work is 34 x 24,5 cm and is made of oil on panel.
According to Greek mythology, Princess Andromeda had to be sacrificed in order to save her land from a voracious sea monster. After she was chained to a rock awaiting her fate, she was rescued by the Greek hero Perseus. Rather than painting the whole story, Rembrandt only depicted the terrified Andromeda. Making emotion the main motif of the scene is characteristic of Rembrandt’s work. The naturalism with which he painted the naked body is far removed from the classical ideals of beauty. Read more in Mauritshuis den Haag.
About the Artist: Dutch Golden Age painter, printmaker and draughtsman Rembrandt was born on 15 July 1606 in Leiden, in the Dutch Republic, now the Netherlands. As a boy, he attended a Latin school. At the age of 13, he was enrolled at the University of Leiden, although according to a contemporary he had a greater inclination towards painting. In 1624 or 1625, Rembrandt opened a studio in Leiden, which he shared with friend and colleague Jan Lievens. In 1627, Rembrandt began to accept students, which included Gerrit Dou in 1628 and Isaac de Jouderville… Read more