“Danaya”, Jan Gossart (Mabuz) – a description of the picture

“Danaya”, Jan Gossart (Mabuz) – a description of the picture
“Danaya”, Jan Gossart (Mabuz) - a description of the picture - 1

  • Posted by Mabuz
  • Museum: Pinacotka, Munich
  • Year: 1527

Description of the picture :

Danae – Jan Gossart (Mabuse). Wood, butter. 114 x 95 cm

   According to the Greek myth, Dana was imprisoned by her father, Akrisius, in the tower so that her son would never be born. Since oracle predicted that the king was destined to be killed by his grandson, the son of Danai. But Zeus, the god of heaven, captivated by the beauty of a girl, penetrates her through the roof of the dome in golden rain. This plot formed the basis of a work performed by Jan Gossart in 1527.

   In the picture, Mabuza Danaya is one of the first images of mythological heroes in Dutch painting, where even mention of it has not been encountered before. Why did the artist become interested in this topic?

   Probably because of his love for Italy. After all, Mabuz traveled a lot in Italy and it was there that he learns about Danae and generally about brilliant Italian artists, their masterpieces of art, architecture, who made a huge impression on the Flemish Jan Gossart.

   What the viewer immediately draws attention to is the delightful colors that the author uses. The ultramarine robes of Princess Danai are combined with the bright blue-bearing sky visible in the openings of the tower. The red-colored pillow on which the girl sits echoes the marble, shiny, smooth columns ending at the top with elegant capitals.

   From gray stone, Italian medieval buildings outside the tower, without people and without any vegetation, emphasize the loneliness of a girl sitting in the middle of this richly decorated balcony.

   The artist gives the whole composition a certain eroticism, portraying a girl whose gaze is facing with passion up, with bare breasts and legs. Mantia crawled off her shoulders, but she did not notice this and with hope caught the gowns of the golden rain, he streamed and poured, creating a warm aura around Danai, enveloping her.

   Mabuzu managed to convey the intimacy of the moment, while maintaining the chastity of the entire plot composition. Subsequently, Danae became the most popular mythological character of many generations of artists, and a prerequisite for this was the magnificent picture of Jan Gossart (Mabusa).