pre collections

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
“Danaïdes” (1903)
Oil on canvas
Pre-Raphaelite
Currently in a private collection

In Greek mythology, the Daughters of Danaus (also known as Danaids, Danaides or Danaïdes), were the fifty daughters of Danaus, who were to marry the fifty sons of Danaus’s twin brother Aegyptus, a mythical king of Egypt. In the most common version of the myth, all but one of them killed their husbands on their wedding night, as ordered by their father, and are condemned to spend eternity in Tartarus to carry a jug to fill a bathtub without a bottom (or with a leak) to wash their sins off.