Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sculptures of Chesterwood: Andromeda - Stockbridge, MA

Stockbridge, MA

N42 17.108 W73 21.173

Short Description:

Andromeda was the last sculpture by Daniel Chester French (April 20, 1850 – October 7, 1931). He died before it was finished and it was never publicly shown. Copies of Andromeda are located both in the studio and the barn gallery of Chesterwood, French's summer residence at 4 Williamsville, Road in Stockbridge, MA.

Long Description:

The marble sculpture of  Andromeda depicts a life size nude figure, lying on her back with shackles on her wrists and chained to a rock.  The copies of the sculpture ares located in the center of the Studio and in the Barn Gallery at Chesterwood.

In Greek mythology, Andromeda was the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia. To save his kingdom from the sea monster, Cetus, sent by Poseidon, Cepheus was advised by the Oracle of Apo1lo  to sacrifice Andromeda to the sea monster by chaining her to a rock on the coast. However the Greek hero Perseus saved Andromeda from the sea monster and then they married.

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