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The daughters of Danaus
(c. 1900)

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
57.1 × 153.0 cm
Inscription
inscribed in black paint l.r.: Fernand Sabatté
Accession Number
EA10-1977
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Bequest of Miss M. Y. E. Tate, 1977
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display
According to classical legend, the Danaïds were the fifty daughters of King Danaus who were betrothed to the fifty sons of Danaus’s brother Aegyptus. Danaus, who was opposed to this marriage between the cousins, persuaded his daughters to take daggers to their bridal chambers. All but one of his daughters followed his advice and murdered their new husbands on their wedding night. For this crime, the Danaïds were condemned, upon their deaths, to spend eternity in the Underworld, performing useless labour, carrying water to a vessel which never filled.

Frame

Fernand SABATTÉ
The daughters of Danaus (c. 1900)
Framemaker
Unknown - 19th century
Date
c.1900
About

This frame takes the form of a tabernacle frame from the fifteenth century, though lacking any surface ornament it reveals a modernist aesthetic.