The Aethiopean princess Andromeda was to be sacrificed to a monstrous sea creature in order to appease the gods. Chained to a rock by the coast, Andromeda was stripped naked and left to die. The Medusa-slaying hero, Perseus, chanced upon the girl and vanquished the monster to win Andromeda’s hand in marriage. The heroine is here represented not in the midst of her peril but in a calm, contemplative pose, having resigned herself to her fate.
Baron Thomas Jules de Vinçotte was one of the foremost Belgian marble sculptors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A pupil of Guillaume Geefs and later at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Vinçotte continued his studies in Paris, before embarking on a sojourn in Florence between 1877 and 1878. Having exhibited in Paris as well as London, in 1881 Vinçotte became the official court sculptor to Leopold II, King of Belgium. He specialised in portrait busts as well as monumental sculpture, executing numerous important commissions in Brussels and beyond. Many of Vinçotte's accomplished works are now in Belgian museums. In 1884 the sculptor exhibited at the Exposition internationale de peinture et sculpture organisée par les XX at the Palais des Beaux Arts, alongside artists such as Auguste Rodin and Max Liebermann.
E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Grund, 1999, vol. 14, p. 272