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Title: Danaë
Date: c.1612
Artist: Artemisia Gentileschi
Italian, 1593–c.1654
Medium: oil on copper
Dimensions:
16 1/4 x 20 3/4 in. (41.3 x 52.7 cm)
framed: 26 in. × 30 9/16 in. × 4 in. (66 × 77.6 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase and gift of Edward Mallinckrodt, Sydney M. Shoenberg Sr., Horace Morison, Mrs. Florence E. Bing, Morton D. May in honor of Perry T. Rathbone, Mrs. James Lee Johnson Jr., Oscar Johnson, Fredonia J. Moss, Mrs. Arthur Drefs, Mrs. W. Welles Hoyt, J. Lionberger Davis, Jacob M. Heimann, Virginia Linn Bullock in memory of her husband, George Benbow Bullock, C. Wickham Moore, Mrs. Lyda D'Oench Turley and Miss Elizabeth F. D'Oench, and J. Harold Pettus, and bequests of Mr. Alfred Keller and Cora E. Ludwig, by exchange
Object Number: 93:1986
Place made: Italy
Current Location: Not On View
Notes:
This painting demonstrates Artemisia Gentileschi’s success in capturing tactile qualities. These include the golden strands of hair that caress the figure’s shoulder, the lush fabric of the bedcover, and the metal coins that fall upon bare flesh. Such sensuous effects are appropriate to the story of Danaë; a young woman who was confined to a chamber by her father to prevent her becoming pregnant. An oracle had predicted she would bear a son who would kill her own father. Jupiter, king of the gods, was able to thwart the plan by transforming himself into a golden rain to impregnate Danaë. Painted when Gentileschi was only nineteen years old, this picture reflects the skill, learned from her father Orazio, to paint subtle flesh tones and rich surface textures.
Signed: unsigned
Provenance
- 1986
Private Collection

1986/02/22 -
Kate Ganz, Ltd., purchased at auction, Sotheby's, Monte Carlo, Monaco, February 22, 1986, lot no. 243 [1]

1986
Morton Morris & Company Ltd., London, England

1986 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Morton Morris & Company Ltd. [2]


Notes:
[1] According to the 1999 catalogue raisonné, Kate Ganz, Ltd. purchased the painting at auction in 1986 as a work by Orazio Gentileschi [Bissell, R. Ward. "Artemisia Gentileschi and the authority of art: critical reading and catalogue raisonné." University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999, p. 310].

[2] An Invoice from Morton Morris & Company dated August 1, 1986, lists Orazio Gentileschi as the author of the painting [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Acquisitions and Loans Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, August 1, 1986.
Exhibition History
Title: Caravage et le caravagisme européen
Date: June 22 - October 14, 2012
Venue: Musée Fabre, Montpellier
Title: Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi: Father and Daughter Painters in the Italian Baroque
Date: June 14, 2002 – September 15, 2002
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Venue: Museo del Palazzo di Venezia
Venue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: Artemisia Gentileschi
Date: November 30, 2016 - May 8, 2017
Venue: Museo di Roma - Palazzo Braschi
Title: Artemisia Gentileschi
Date: September 22, 2011 – July 15, 2012
Venue: Musée Maillol
Venue: Palazzo Reale, Milan
Title: Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Baroque: Commerce, Court & Convent
Date: March 16, 2007 – July 15, 2007
Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Publication History
Title: Artemisia: 1593 / 1654: Pouvoir, gloire et passions d'une femme peintre
Publisher: Musée Maillol
Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Handbook of the Collections
Editor: Mary Ann Steiner
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Integrating Spirit and Psyche: Using Women's Narratives in Psychotherapy
Year Published: 2003
Title: Recent Acquisitions at The Saint Louis Art Museum
Periodical Title: Burlington Magazine
Publisher: The Burlington Magazine
Title: Baroque into Rococo: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Italian Paintings
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Author: Judith Mann
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Tableaux Anciens et du début du XIXe siècle par le ministère de Me M.-Th. Escaut-Marquet, Huissier à Monaco
Edition: February 22
Year Published: 1986
Title: Artemisia Gentileschi: The Story of a Passion
Year Published: 2011
Title: Baroque III 1620-1700: An Exhibition in aid of The National Art-Collections Fund
Year Published: 1986
Title: Orazio & Artemisia
Periodical Title: Art in America
Author: Andrée Hayum
Title: Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian Artist of the Seicento
Year Published: 1976
Title: Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi: Father and Daughter Painters in Baroque Italy
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: April-June
Year Published: 2002
Title: Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art
Year Published: 1989
Title: Artemisia 1593-1654
Author: Judith Mann
Author: Roberto Contini
Author: Francesco Solinas
Publisher: Musée Maillol
Title: Inside Art: A Family Similarity
Periodical Title: The New York Times
Edition: February 22
Year Published: 2002
Title: Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1626): gli anni romani, il soggiorno fiorentino
Author: Gianni Papi
Editor: Roberto Contini
Title: The Gentileschi Danae: A Narrative of Rape
Periodical Title: Woman's Art Journal
Author: Jeanne Morgan Zarucchi
Title: Artemisia Gentileschi and the Authority of Art
Author: R. Ward Bissell
Title: Artemesia Gentileschi: una Cleopatra ritrovata
Periodical Title: Critica d'Arte
Edition: March 2000
Year Published: 2000
Title: See for Yourself: Myths and Stories
Periodical Title: A Gallery Guide for The Saint Louis Art Museum
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi
Author: Judith Mann
Author: Keith Christiansen
Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Baroque
Editor: Jordana Pomeroy
Editor: Claudio Strinati
Publisher: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Editor: Mary Ann Steiner
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Caravaggism in Europe
Author: Luisa Vertova
Author: Benedict Nicolson
Title: The Gentileschi Danaë in the St. Louis Art Museum: Orazio or Artemesia?
Periodical Title: Apollo
Author: Judith Mann
Title: 2002 Exhibitions : Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi: Father and Daughter Painters of Baroque Italy
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: October - December
Year Published: 2001
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