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Perseus und Andromeda (Nach Rubens) [Perseus and Andromeda (After Rubens)], Plate XII from the portfolio Antike Legenden (Classical Legends)

Lovis Corinth, Perseus und Andromeda (Nach Rubens) [Perseus and Andromeda (After Rubens)], Plate XII from the portfolio Antike Legenden (Classical Legends), 1919, drypoint on handmade "Bütten" paper, The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection, no known copyright restrictions, 91.84.728

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Perseus und Andromeda (Nach Rubens) [Perseus and Andromeda (After Rubens)], Plate XII from the portfolio Antike Legenden (Classical Legends)

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portfolio: Antike Legenden (Classical Legends)


Lovis Corinth (German, 1858-1925)

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print publisher: Marées-Gesellschaft, R. Piper & Co.

printer: Alfred Ruckenbrod (German, active early 20th century)




drypoint on handmade "Bütten" paper


from an edition of 150 (including deluxe editon of 50 on Japan paper with additional plate and a regular edition of 100 on handmade "Bütten" paper; this impression on Japan paper

Catalogue Raisonné

Schwarz 351 XII

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 13 15/16 in x 8 7/8 in; sheet: 24 5/8 in x 19 1/8 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts



Object Type

intaglio print



Credit Line

The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection

Accession Number



no known copyright restrictions




intaglio printing

intaglio prints


Perseus and Andromeda


Lovis Corinth produced the twelve prints of Antike Legenden (Classical Legends) just after World War I, when the themes of struggle, battle, and conflict would have been easily understood in a modern context. Corinth hewed to the classical story line, but created a modern look for the ancient narrative. He rendered his subjects in a sketchy, Expressionist style, rich with the burr of the drypoint needle used to etch the plates. While many of the themes evoke conflict, such as Der Raub der Helena (The Abduction of Helen) or Die Schmiede des Vulkan (The Forge of Vulcan), where the god of fire created the weapons of war, Corinth subverted the martial theme in Der Spiegel der Venus (The Mirror of Venus), in which the goddess of love uses the shield of Mars (god of war) as a mirror to reflect her voluptuous beauty.

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