The history of Danae inspired the creation of works of art by such great artists as Rembrandt, Titian, Klimt, Correggio, etc.
In Greek mythology, Danae was an Argive princess and mother of the hero Perseus by Zeus. Danae was the daughter and only child of King Acrisius of Argos. The oracle announced to him that he would never have a son, but his daughter would, and that he would be killed by his daughter's son. Danaƫ was childless and, meaning to keep her so, King Acrisius shut her up to the end of her life in a bronze chamber with no doors or windows, just a small air vent as the source of light and air. However, Zeus, the king of the gods, desired her and came to her. Soon after, their child Perseus was born. Unwilling to provoke the wrath of the gods by killing his offspring and grandchild, King Acrisius cast Danaƫ and Perseus into the sea in a wooden chest with a couple holes in it. The sea was calmed by Poseidon and, at the request of Zeus, Danae with her son survived.
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