Van Dyck depicts her chained in a rocky cave
awaiting her fate, while the monster approaches through the waves. Perseus, her rescuer,
moves quickly along through the skies on Pegasus.
Andromeda stands firmly, full-length, and life-sized, looking up in anguish.
Andromeda has a solid physical presence, which may also come from the fact that Van
Dyck used his mistress Margaret Lemon for the model of this painting. The woman's
lively eyes, detailed facial features, and fine modeling of flesh tones show the Van
Dyck's concern for texture and pattern. His brush strokes vary to soften the background
and rock and to enhance the physical quality of Andromeda's skin and drapery.
Van Dyck uses the effects of light and dark to emphasize the focus on the woman
in the center of the painting. Surrounding her are shadows and a dark background of a
cave that she is in. The darkness gives way to her being in some sort of dark situation.
Then he moves from the darkness of the surrounding cave to a radiant naked woman.
Despite the darkness around the woman, her beauty seems to radiate off her, making her