ANDROMEDA

andromeda
ANDROMEDA

egg tempera and resinous oil on panel
1994 - 497 x 497 mm

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People often talk about Velazquez' Las Meninas as a painting within a painting - the spectator is the subject and is given sign not to move - but several paintings on Andromeda and Perseus are from this same category. If someone faces a great danger, they are at the same time petrified and avoid to face it at all cost, yet also obsessed by it and secretly looking at it like as if hypnotised, a trick knife-fighters know all too well.
So I cannot imagine Andromeda standing there in an elegant contraposto and facing the spectator whilst that monster is there behind her back. Most works that have been created on this theme are meant with the onlooker in mind, not the scene itself.