Friday, 4 August 2017

The Head of Medusa

I took this picture at the National Museum in Cardiff. I love Greek mythology and the story of Perseus and his epic beheading of the Gorgon Medusa is among my favourite since I watched a certain movie when I was a child. Since then, depiction of the story and of its monster always fascinated me. So when I saw this bronze, I was mesmerized. My wife thought it was funny to see me so eagerly taking pictures of a naked man (although he's not really naked: he has a helmet and sandals), but it was the severed head of the woman that caught my attention. Well, if one could say such vile monster is still a woman. The statue was made by Frederick William Pomeroy. I know nothing about him, but will look for more works from him. According to what I read by the statue, the work was meant to represent the triumph of man over evil. I suspect there may have been a hint of Victorian misogyny in it. All the same, it's a beautiful depiction of the myth and even in death Medusa remains terrifying.

1 comment:

Veggie Carrie said...

Vraie fiction indeed!!!