European Art
Artist: Henry Fuseli, Swiss, active in England, 1741–1825

Danaë and Perseus on Seriphos(?)

ca. 1785–90

Oil on canvas

unframed: 101.3 × 127 cm (39 7/8 × 50 in.)
University Purchase, Associates in Fine Arts Fund
On view
18th century

Durlacher Bros., New York (University Purchase in October 1958) (dealer correspondence suggests that subject matter is "possibly from Greek mythology although more probably Ossian or even Shakespeare).


Artists on Art: Observations by Yale Faculty on Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1999), 38–39, ill.

Henry H. Hawley, Neo-classicism: style and motif, exh. cat. (Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1964), no. 118, ill.

Katherine Neilson and Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972), no. 50, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 147, fig. 1958.65.

Gert Schiff, Johann Heinrich Füssli, 1741–1825 (Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 1973), 193, 496, no. 756, fig. 756.

Jean Starobinski, 1789, The Emblems of Reason (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1982).

Gert Schiff, L’opera completa di Füssli (Milan: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1977), no. 87, fig. 87.

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