The legend of Perseus and Medusa
Perseus with the head of Medusa statue comes from the greek mythology. In Greek mythology, Medusa’s father was a sea god. Medusa was very beautiful when she was young. When she grew up, Medusa became a priestess in the temple of Athena. But it was the beauty of Medusa that attracted Poseidon’s attention. So he raped Medusa. Medusa was humiliated and hid in Athena’s temple to seek Athena’s protection. Athena did not give Medusa shelter. On the contrary, she was angry because Medusa was already unclean. Athena cursed Medusa. She turned Medusa into a Gorgon. Whenever someone looked at Medusa, that person would turn into stone.
Perseus, the son of Zeus and Danae in Greek mythology, was tested to get Medusa’s head. With the help of Athena, Hermes and other gods, he cut off Medusa’s head and killed her. Perseus used the power of Medusa’s head to kill the sea monster, save Andromeda, and turn Phineus and his soldiers into stone statues. Finally, Perseus dedicated the head of Medusa to Athena, who inlaid it in the center of aegis, and the head retained the ability to turn bystanders into stones.
In ancient Greece, Medusa had powerful power, which could kill and redeem. Later, her tragic beauty was the source of inspiration. Sculptors and painters use Medusa’s head as a symbol of exorcism to drive away evil spirits.
The details of perseus with the head of medusa statue
Perseus with the head of Medusa statue was created by sculptor Cellini in 1545. It has become one of the famous sculptures in the municipal square. It shows the story of the Greek hero Perseus cutting down Medusa’s head. Perseus is a handsome young man, holding the bloody Medusa’s head high in his left hand, holding a knife in his right hand, bending his left leg and stepping on the enemy’s body. His angry and beautiful face drooped slightly, showing his inner joy of victory and the calm moment after the battle. The skills showing in the sculpture are very skillful and exquisite. The posture is real and natural, the muscle outline is clear and strong, and the anatomical structure is accurate and fine. It is a model of stylist sculpture art.
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