Perseus and Andromeda

Photograph of a frescoed ceiling.

Giambattista Tiepolo (1696–1770)
Perseus and Andromeda, ca. 1730-31 (destroyed 1943)
From Attilio Centelli and Gerardo Molfese, Gli affreschi di G.B. Tiepolo raccolti da Gerardo Molfese con uno studio di Attilio Centelli (Turin, 1897), pl. 4
Page from unbound book
23 1/2 × 17 5/8 in. (598 × 448 mm)
Azienda di Servizi alla Persona Golgi-Redaelli, Milan
su autorizzazione dell'Azienda di Servizi alla Persona Golgi-Redaelli di Milano


The overall configuration of the Perseus and Andromeda fresco in Palazzo Archinto was very similar to the one shown in the sketch, which was likely presented to Carlo Archinto for approval. There were, however, some significant changes. The position of the proper right arm of the central Nereid was altered, and two additional figures were added in the final fresco. To the left of Cassiopeia, a crowned male figure was included — Cepheus — and the god Mercury was added below Jupiter.

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