I would like to discuss Rembrandt's painting of Danae, and to also discuss this painting which was attacked on June 15 1985. Yes, that was a very shameful attack on a Rembrandt painting. I remember the day it happened for at the time I was in deep studies of another painting of his I had purchased. An oil painting of a self-portrait on tested and proven 17th century canvas.
I had purchased the Rembrandt's Danae twelve years after my first purchase of a painted portrait of Rembrandt in 1980 in Caldwell, Idaho. The Danae was sold to me as one large antique painting of a semi nude approx. 50" x 70" in a gold leaf frame. I purchased it from the owner, an elderly gentleman named Frank Turnbow who was getting on in years and lived in Ontario, Ore.
He hadn't any idea he was selling me Rembrandt's Danae, nor did I really know for sure I was buying The Danae until after the purchase. Later, while still in layaway before making all of the monthly payment, I discovered that it was in fact Rembrandt's Danae, and to be perfectly honest, I had a suspicion that was what it was in the back of my mind anyway before I bought the painting.
Anyone who would be willing and would like to discuss these two paintings and their total meanings, let me know. We would be discussing the Danae in my possession and the painting in Russia representing something totally different from the mythological tale of the Danae. That would be talking about the one that was cut up and hacked while throwing acid on it by an insane man in Russia.