The Lute Plater (1711) by W van Mieris (1662-1747). . Sir Richard Wallace Collection, London visit, 5th January, 2019.
Perseus and Andromeda by Francois Le Moine (1688-1737). . This painting depicts the story of Perseus and Andromeda from Greek. Perseus is one of the greatest heroes of Greek Mythology. He was the son of mighty Zeus and mortal Danae. He is best known as the slayer of the Gorgon Medusa, a fearsome monster, and as the rescuer of the Ethiopian princess Andromeda. Perseus is also said to be an ancestor of Hercules and the Asian race of the Persians. . King Polydectes challenged Perseus to dare a difficult task, to kill the fearsome Gorgon Medusa and bring back her head. Gorgon Medousa was a terrible monster with snakes in her head and she could turn into stone everyone that looked her face. To help Perseus, god Hermes gave him a curved sword and a pair of winged sandals while Athena gave him a mirror of polished bronze and a cap from Hades that could make him invisible. . Perseus approached Medousa wearing the sandal looking at her reflection in the mirror and cut off her head with the sword of Hermes. As he was flying over Africa in his return home, Perseus encountered Atlas the Titan, a mythical giant, who challenged him. In their confrontation, Perseus used Medousa's head to turn the Titan into stone. Perseus continued his journey home and, as he passed the kingdom of Ethiopia, he came upon the beautiful and helpless maiden Andromeda, chained to the rocks waiting to be devoured by a sea monster. . Sir Richard Wallace Collection, London visit, 5th January, 2019.
The Lute Player, by J Steen (1626-79). . Sir Richard Wallace Collection, London visit, 5th January, 2019.