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Head of Medusa, 1618 (oil on canvas)

Head of Medusa, 1618 (oil on canvas)


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Head of Medusa, 1618 (oil on canvas)

LRI4574456 Head of Medusa, 1618 (oil on canvas) by Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640); 68.5X118 cm; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria; Luisa Ricciarini; Flemish, out of copyright

Media ID 22287094

© Luisa Ricciarini / Bridgeman Images

Blood Flemish Style Lezard Meduse Meduse Mythology Okusa Scorpion Spider Serpent Snakes


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In this photo print, we are drawn into the mesmerizing world of mythology and art. The "Head of Medusa" by Peter Paul Rubens, created in 1618, is a stunning oil on canvas masterpiece that continues to captivate viewers with its intricate details and powerful imagery. The painting depicts the terrifying head of Medusa, a mythological character known for her snake-like hair and ability to turn anyone who gazes upon her into stone. Rubens skillfully brings this mythical creature to life through his masterful brushstrokes and use of vibrant colors. As we gaze at the print, our eyes are immediately drawn to the writhing snakes that make up Medusa's hair. Each serpent seems alive with movement as they intertwine with one another. The artist's attention to detail is remarkable - from the scales on their bodies to their forked tongues, every aspect is meticulously rendered. Blood drips from Medusa's severed neck, adding an element of horror and death to the composition. Insects crawl across her face - spiders, scorpions - symbolizing decay and reminding us of nature's relentless cycle. This Flemish-style artwork transports us back in time, allowing us a glimpse into ancient mythology while showcasing Rubens' incredible talent as a painter. It is no wonder that this piece resides in the prestigious Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Luisa Ricciarini has expertly captured this iconic work through her lens, preserving its beauty for all admir

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