Sophokles, Ant (Antigone) 944-950:
So too endured Danae in her beauty to change the light of the sky for brass-bound walls, and in that chamber, both burial and bridal, she was held in strict confinement. And yet was she of esteemed lineage, my daughter, and guarded a deposit of the seed of Zeus that had fallen in a golden rain (original Greek).
Full well had Danae been secured, in truth,
By oaken portals, and a brazen tower,
And savage watch-dogs, from the roving youth
That prowl at midnight’s hour (original Latin).
Who could have been of Danae’s charms assur’d,
Had she grown old, within her tow’r immur’d? (original Latin)
Leningrad/St. Petersburg, Hermitage Museum 637 (St 1733): Attic red-figure calyx krater with Danae and the golden rain (side A) and Danae, Perseus and chest (side B)
iconiclimc image: detail of Danae and Perseus in chest from side B
Leningrad/St. Petersburg, Hermitage Museum 642 (St 1357): Attic red-figure stamnos with Danae, Perseus and chest
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 13.200: Attic red-figure hydria with Danae, Perseus and chest
Toledo, Museum of Art 69.369: Attic red-figure lekythos with Danae, Perseus and chest
Ferrara, Museo Nazionale di Spina 818, Attic red-figure cup with Danae, Perseus and chest
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 03.792, Attic red-figure hydria with Danae, Perseus and chest
Providence, Rhode Island School of Design 25.084, Attic red-figure lekythos with Danae, Perseus and chest
Museum Appropriation Fund and Special Gift Fund. Photography by Erik Gould, courtesy of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.
New Haven, Clairmont Collection XXXX211249, Attic red-figure pyxis with Diktys and Danae
Athens, Agora Museum P29612, fragment of Attic red-figure krater with Danae on Seriphos
Notebooks, Agora Excavations
Syracuse, Museo Archeologico 23910, Attic red-figure bell krater with Danae on Seriphos
Geneva, Musée d’art et d’histoire HR299 (ex Jucker Collection), Attic white-ground lekythos with Akrisios at tomb