The Oracle of Delphi prophesied that King Acrisius of Argos would die at the hand of his daughter’s son. To prevent this, he imprisoned Danaë in a ‘bronze chamber’. Zeus, however, approached her in the form of a golden shower and Perseus was conceived, who later killed his grandfather—albeit accidentally. In the Middle Ages the literary material was seen as a reference to the Annunciation. Gossaert was one of the first artists to rekindle the original erotic content of this subject.