Lid Painting

by Stefano Pessione, Rome

for the Anonymous Neapolitan Harpsichord

belonging to Grant O'Brien


Andromeda, Perseus and the Monster painted by Stefano Pessione


This painting, like the painting inside the lost original lid of this harpsichord, shows Andromeda being rescued from the sea monster by Perseus.  This scene was often used as an allegory of Naples:  it represents Naples (the beautiful Andromeda) being rescued by Spain (the handsome Perseus) from the Papal States (the ugly and vicious sea monster)!


The original painting on which this is closely based is dated c.1610 and is by Jacopo Palma il Giovane (1544-1626) and is in the Gemäldegalerie, Kassel (Inv. No. GK500).


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