"Perseus and Andromeda" by Vasari.
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In Greek mythology, Andromeda was a young woman who was the daughter of Cassiopeia
, the king of Ethiopia. Andromeda's mother claimed that they were more beautiful than the sea nymphs, the
The Nereids complained to the sea god Poseidon. Poseidon threatened to send a flood and a sea monster to destroy the kingdom. The king was advised to sacrifice his daughter.
Andromeda was chained to a sea-cliff to be eaten by the sea monster. Perseus noticed her as he was sailing by and immediately fell in love with her. Perseus killed the monster and freed Andromeda. The goddess Athena placed the image of Andromeda among the stars as a reward for keeping her parents'promise.
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