Phineus and his followers interrupted the wedding feast of Perseus and Andromeda; Perseus turned them to stone by means of the Gorgon's head (Ovid, 'Metamorphoses' 5).

The painting was once catalogued as by a follower of Poussin, and more recently as the work of the Flemish painter, Bertholet Flémalle.

Key facts

Full title
Perseus turning the Followers of Phineus into Stone
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
165 x 243.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Lt-General W. Thornton, 1837
Inventory number
Location in Gallery