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Head of Medusa

A work made of plaster.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of plaster.

Date:

c. 1801

Artist:

Antonio Canova
Italian, 1757-1822

About this artwork

Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova dominated Rome’s artistic scene at the turn of the 19th century. This plaster is a partial model for his large-scale marble statue Perseus Holding the Head of Medusa. The serpent-haired Medusa, a monster from Greek mythology, had the power to petrify anyone who beheld her. Canova expressed the horror of Medusa’s appearance in this decapitated head, with its blank eyes, slack mouth, and
cheeks caressed by snakes.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Antonio Canova

Title

Head of Medusa

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality)

Date

1796–1806

Medium

Plaster

Dimensions

H. 31 cm (12 .20 in.) (without socle); H. 52.25 cm (20.57 in.) (with socle); W. 31.75 cm (12.5 in.); D. 30.5 cm (12 in.)

Credit Line

Lacy Armour Endowment

Reference Number

2002.606

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