There are a lot of jokes about the great Italian artist, and where they are true, where lies, where truth, where is fiction, where is fantasy, where is reality, today it is difficult to make out.
Some say that the painter never studied, that he just wanted to write masterpieces – and began to write them; others contradict, claiming that Correggio learned to create, and learned very closely and corrosively from recognized masters. Some say that the artist was impoverished, that he was paid for the work of “penny”, while others claim that he came from aristocrats, was very rich and diversified.
And many other disputes revolve around the artist, but one fact remains unshakably true: the Italian is a true genius and master of chiaroscuro, which plunges the viewer first into the center of the plot, and then allows him to take a break on third-party objects and images.
When Correggio writes the female body in the nude, he silently praises, no, literally praises the beauty, grace, charm, charm, attractiveness, yes, there is the sexuality of women. We clearly “hear” these praises in “Danae”.
The ancient Greek myth of the divine beauty of a girl who fell in love with Zeus herself is known to many, and there is no point in retelling it. The spectator, who knows the history, understands that the winged Amur is preparing a beautiful woman for the arrival of Zeus, the kids at the bed with their tiny inept handles display something on the plate, most likely, the name “Danae”.
The small landscape outside the window and the sunset, whose beauty is enveloped in the girl’s room, the tranquility of colors convey the divine light that is about to appear with the arrival of the main god and illuminate Danae. The tender body of the latter and the whiteness of the sheets indicate that the beauty will soon fly away to the heavenly spaces.
This work of art was donated to Charles V for the coronation. Today “Danae” is in the Roman Gallery Borghese.