Portrait of Mlle. Lange as Danae by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
Portrait of Mlle. Lange as Danae by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

Portrait of Mlle. Lange (Ms. Lange) as Danae c1799 by French Painter Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson (1767 – 1824); was a student of Jacques-Louis David (you can see some of his artwork in the collection) and was part of the early Romantic Movement. He is noted for his clear and precise style and for paintings of the Napoleonic family.

This satirical portrait of Miss Lange, a talented actress of the time, known for her beauty and wealthy lovers; was created by Girodet, when she refused to pay him for a portrait of her that she commissioned.

This second portrait he made of her in anger, depicts her as the mythological Danaë (of ancient Greece), the daughter and only child of King Acrisius of Argos and his wife Queen Eurydice; as a vain, adulterous and avaricious woman.

She is shown greedily catching gold coins that are showered upon her (the gold represents Zeus, as he transformed himself into a shower of gold); while also showing a large plump turkey wearing a wedding ring, which represents a man she married for his wealth and stature.

One can also see doves that appear to have been tortured, and a head of a man underneath her bed with a gold coin in its eye (maybe it’s one of her wealthy lovers).

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

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