John William Waterhouse, 1849-1917
Oil on canvas
H 162.5 x W 127.4 cm
Collection: Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums; accession no: ABDAG003402
Purchased with income from the Macdonald Bequest, 1927
Anthony Hobson calls this a "major work" and an "imposing group," explaining that the Danaïdes were the daughters of the King of Argos, condemned to pour water endlessly for fulfilling their father's plan, and killing their husbands on their wedding night (96-101). [Commentary continues below.]
Image reproduced (via Art UK) with thanks, under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial licence (CC BY-NC). Formatting by George P. Landow, and text added by Jacqueline Banerjee.