Perseus Freeing Andromeda

Perseus Freeing Andromeda or Liberation of Andromeda[1] is a painting by the Italian Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo, c. executed in 1510 or 1513.[2] It is housed in the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, Italy.

Piero di Cosimo, Perseus Freeing Andromeda, 1510 or 1513. 70 cm × 123 cm (28 in × 48 in). Uffizi, Florence

The painting is mentioned in 1568 by Giorgio Vasari, who states that it was commissioned by Filippo Strozzi the Elder, and gifted by Giovanni Battista Strozzi to a member of Cosimo I de' Medici's personnel.

The work shows the mythological hero Perseus killing the monster who had entrapped Andromeda. Piero focused on attention to detail in the background, perhaps inspired by the contemporary Flemish school.[2] Details include the two characters with a turban on the left, the water on the shore, and the fantastic musical instruments.

References to the Medici family also exist, particularly the lopped laurel and Perseus' diamond-tipped shield in the seaweed/coral.[3]


  1. ^ Schjeldahl, Peter. "Change Artist: The Works of Piero de Cosimo". The New Yorker. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Fossi, 202
  3. ^ "Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi".

External linksEdit

  • Fossi, Gloria (2001). Galleria degli Uffizi - Arte storia collezioni. Giunti. p. 202.