Raiding the Art Vault to Cover Museum Budget Holes

Danaë and the Shower of Gold, 1621-1623, by Orazio Gentileschi. Oil on canvas. (Getty Museum/Open Content Program)
Concentrate on cuts in spending, and leave the art alone.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D anae was the mother of the Greek hero, Perseus, courtesy of Zeus. Her father was the king of Argos. The oracle at Delphi told the king that his daughter’s son would murder him, and given that oracles in those days had good track records, the king promptly put Danae in permanent lockdown in a tall bronze tower with a tiny opening for air and light.

Orazio Gentileschi (1563–1639) was smitten with Danae’s story since it involved sex — always a crowd pleaser — and gold, attractive in 1623, when Gentileschi painted Danae and the Shower of Gold but coveted anywhere, anytime,


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