Delta of Venus
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Hi Tim,

You're spot on. This painting is indeed based on the legend of Zeus "coming" as a shower of gold. :) The woman he impregnated was called "Danae" and their child was the hero Perseus.

Klimt's painting is beautiful. I especially love the gold leaf which is so perfect for the subject. Though I think my favorite painting depicting Danae and Zeus coming as a golden shower would be Correggio's which is also on this site.
Date Added: 05/04/2012 by Mike Hannon