Episode 197 – Correggio’s “Danaë”
February 6, 2024

Located in the Borghese Gallery in Rome, Correggio’s sensual painting of the amorous relationship between Jupiter and the daughter of the King of Argos is sublime. Based on the account in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” Correggio is able to transform a literary metaphor into an equally powerful and erotic visual metaphor. In 1827, the painting was acquired by Cammillo IV Borghese, husband of Paulina Bonaparte, during one of his many trips to Paris, and installed into the family’s extraordinary art collection.


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