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Andromeda (Andromède)

Andromeda (Andromède)

(French, 1703–1770)
Sheet: 32.5 x 23.5 cm (12 13/16 x 9 1/4 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Baudicour 42, state I/IV
Location: not on view


Late in life Boucher became Louis XV’s premier painter, but he began his career working as an etcher, tasked with reproducing drawings by other artists. Boucher’s effortless etching style is a testament to his excellent draftsmanship, a skill that served him well not only as a painter but as a designer of tapestries, ceramic figurines, and other decorative goods. Here, in one of his own compositions, Boucher portrays the climax of the Greek myth when Perseus swoops in to rescue the princess Andromeda, who was chained to a rock cliff as a sacrifice to the sea monster Cetus.
  • Elegance and Intrigue: French Society in 18th-century Prints and Drawings. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 16-November 6, 2016).
  • {{cite web|title=Andromeda (Andromède)|url=false|author=François Boucher|year=1734|access-date=05 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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