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Art of the Day: Wednesday April 16, 2008

Portrait of Medusa

- by Jasmine Ann Becket-Griffith

This week's theme: Medusa

Medusa, more so than many other figures in myth and legend, has captured imaginations. She is often represented in art and literature. She is easily recognized by the snakes that are her hair and her often hideous countenance. We make references to her and we certainly know her when we see her, but how many of us really know the story of Medusa? For those who never really knew and for those who's memory has become foggy, here - in brief, is the story of Medusa.

Medusa was a Gorgon. She was one of three sisters and the only one who was mortal. Originally, she was a beautiful maiden with glorious, golden hair. While in the Temple Of Athena, she lay with Poseidon. The desecration of her temple so outraged Athena, that she turned Medusa's hair into living snakes and put on her the destructive power of turning whoever looked directly at her into stone. Perseus, in his quest to free his mother Danae from King Polydectes, was sent to kill Medusa and return with her head. He later used her head as a weapon but eventually gave it to Athena. Medusa was the mother of Pegasus and the giant Chrysaor. When slain, drops of her blood fell into the sea and from these, they were born.

Art: Portrait of Medusa by Artist Jasmine Ann Becket-Griffith
"Portrait of Medusa" - another insanely detailed painting of the woman from Greek mythology cursed with snakes for hair. And wow, there are a lot of snakes in this painting, each and every scale has been painted with great detail - all kinds of snakes too, racers, coral snakes, rattlers, etc. It took me a lot of time to paint this one, but it was a lot of fun! I must note too that she is FRAMED very nicely - an acrylic painting on a stretched 16"x20" OVAL canvas (very cool). Framed she measures 19"x23" oval.

Detail Images

Detail Image for art Portrait of Medusa

Detail Image for art Portrait of Medusa

Detail Image for art Portrait of Medusa


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