daughter of the king of Ethiopia, Cepheus, and Cassiopea, who claimed
that her daughter was more beautiful than all the Nereids. In jealousy
Nereids asked Poseidon to send a monster
to waste Cepheus's kingdom. An oracle foretold that the country would be
spared if Andromeda, whose beauty was guilty in their mischief, were given
to the monster. The people of Ethiopia forced Cepheus to sacrifice his
daughter: she was chained to the rock and waited for the monster to be
devoured. There Perseus saw her. Perseus
was coming back from his expedition against the Gorgons,
with the head of Medusa in his bag. With the help of that head he turned
the monster into stone and freed Andromeda. Then he married her and took
with him to Argos.
See: Anton Raphael Mengs. Perseus and Andromeda.
Peter Paul Rubens Perseus Liberating Andromeda, Andromeda, Perseus and Andromeda.
Paolo Veronese. Perseus and Andromeda.