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Danae

1527

Why is it canonical?

Although many artists during the era when this was created worked in the open market, Gossaert found rare appointments in the courts of the Northern European elite, at one point traveling to Italy and learning from the Renaissance underway there. This portrait depicts a common subject, Danae showered with gold by Zeus, but within an architectural detail that's heavily Italian in style.

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