Danaë and Perseus on Seriphos(?) Artist: Henry Fuseli (Swiss, active in England, 1741–1825)

ca. 1785–90

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Oil on canvas


unframed: 39 7/8 × 50 in. (101.3 × 127 cm)

Credit Line

Associates in Fine Arts Fund

Accession Number



18th century


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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.
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 147, fig. 1958.65.
  • 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.
  • Gert Schiff, Johann Heinrich Füssli, 1741–1825 (Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 1973), 193, 496, no. 756, fig. 756.
  • 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.
  • Henry H. Hawley, Neo-classicism: style and motif, exh. cat. (Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1964), no. 118, ill.
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human figures (visual works)


children woman

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