Painters Paintings Caravaggio (1571 – 1610): Head of Medusa, 1598, Oil on canvas mounted on wood, d…
Painters Work Caravaggio (1571 – 1610): Head of Medusa, 1598, Oil on canvas mounted on wooden, diameter 58 cm, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
The “Head of Medusa” executed by Caravaggio, in 1598, was commissioned as a cerimonial defend by Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte, the Medici household’s agent in Rome.
Medusa, in Greek mythology, is probably the most well-known of the monster figures often called Gorgons. She was normally represented as a winged feminine creature having a head of hair consisting of snakes; not like the Gorgons, she was typically represented as very lovely. Medusa was the one Gorgon who was mortal; therefore her slayer, Perseus, was in a position to kill her by chopping off her head. From the blood that spurted from her neck sprang Chrysaor and Pegasus, her two sons by Poseidon. The severed head, which had the ability of turning into stone all who seemed upon it, was given to Athena, who positioned it in her defend; in line with one other account, Perseus buried it within the market of Argos. (Britannica)
Medusa in Caravaggio’s portray is portrayed in the mean time of self-recognition. Realizing that her head and physique have been not one, and that she was nonetheless acutely aware, Caravaggio depicts the horror in her eyes. Medusa is an excellent instance of Caravaggio’s give attention to physiognomic, or facial features in his work. Medusa reveals an intense degree of realism, and Caravaggio makes use of darkish and lightweight contrasts so successfully that Medusa seems to be three-dimensional.