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How to Read Paintings: Danaë by Orazio Gentileschi

How this painting treads a fine line between eroticism and chastity

Works of art sometimes have an extraordinary ability to be many things at once. This painting, of the mythological figure Danaë, is replete with sensual allusions whilst at the same time representing the virtues of chastity. In this apparent contradiction, several…

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