Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
13" x 17" (330mm x 425mm)Date:
1963This is the original Gouache painting by Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone.
This beautiful painting by twins Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone depicts Danae, Perseus' mother, who was locked in a bronze chamber by her father King Acrisius, as the Oracle of Delphi proclaimed that she would bear a son who would slay him.
Zeus, smitten by Danae's beauty, came down in a shower of golden coins through a grate above Danae and entered her womb causing her to become pregnant with her son Perseus, who would indeed eventually slay her father King Acrisius, albeit accidentally.
The whimsical, almost ethereal nature of this painting was achieved by the twins working together, passing the illustration board between them until they were both satisfied. The stark contrast between the dark, harsh cold bronze walls of Danae's prison with the beauty of her golden curls and the soft pleats of her translucent robes causes us to empathise and yearn for her freedom.
First published in Finding Out magazine, and subsequently the classic book by Roger Lancelyn 'Jason and the Golden Fleece', this is a rare opportunity to own a truly unique piece of art.