Depiction of Perseus saving Andromeda on an amphora


Greek demigod Perseus saving Andromeda from Cetus, depicted on an amphora in the Altes Museum, Berlin

The amphora in the Altes Museum, Berlin, is a prime example of this artistic tradition. The amphora is a type of ancient Greek vase, typically used for holding wine or oil. The amphora in question dates back to the 5th century BC and features intricate red-figure artwork on its surface.

The main scene on the amphora depicts Greek hero and demigod Perseus flying to Andromeda’s rescue, brandishing his sword and holding the head of Medusa aloft. Andromeda is shown chained to the rock, while the sea monster Cetus looms menacingly in the background. Perseus used Medusa’s head to turn Cetus into stone, saving Andromeda from certain death. Perseus and Andromeda were subsequently married

The amphora is a testament to the enduring popularity of the Perseus and Andromeda myth in ancient Greek culture, and serves as a valuable artifact for modern historians and art enthusiasts alike.