There are various interpretations of the print. One of them sees it as an illustration to a legend about sea monsters who abducted the women. Poggio Bracciolini, a 15th-century Florentine humanist, wrote a story about a beautiful girl stolen by a sea monster, and it was published in Nuremberg in 1472 by Anton Koberger. Another interpretation is the saving of Perimela by the river god Achelous (a story from Ovid). The name of the print comes from Dürer himself.