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Townsend Harris High School Kirkland Arjun and Kevin Chen Greek – Band 9 3/20/15 ὁ Περσεύς ἐν νίκη Greek Collateral Script Perseus with the Head of Medusa is a marble sculpture created by the Italian artist Antonio Canova from 1804-1806. Perseus was a Greek mythological hero guided by Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war, to slay the Gorgon monster, Medusa, whose stare would turn people into stone and had snakes in the place of hair. This large sculpture is located in the middle of Gallery 548 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Due to its location, size, and the well-known myth of Perseus, the sculpture attracts the eyes of many visitors. The sculpture shows the triumph of Perseus as he holds the severed head of Medusa, with his sword in his hand. This sword, which is known as a harpe, was given to him by the god Hermes to kill Medusa. On his head, lies the cap of Hades, which was said to grant its wearer the power of invisibility. It seems as though he is presenting his achievement to Athena with a striking pose. Through his body language, he shows power and victory as he looks onward with his arm extended. Perseus’ left foot is also pointing forward while his right heel is raised. This raised heel adds to the look of his body slightly moving forward, and further shows Perseus’ confidence. The severed head of Medusa is covered in snakes and has a facial expression of agony. When sculpted, her head was made hollow in order to reduce the stress of weight on the Perseus’ arm. In addition, although the sculpture is naked, a robe is sculpted onto his arm in order to add more support for holding the head of Medusa. This shows the ingenuity of Antonio Canova since he cleverly incorporates this piece of clothing to reinforce the sculpture. The sculpture stands tall and inspires its viewers in conveying the message of although a task may seem impossible, it can be accomplished. Works Cited "Antonio Canova | Perseus with the Head of Medusa | Italian, Rome." Antonio Canova. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2015. "Athena." Athena. GreekMythology.com, n.d. Web. 02 Mar. 2015. Cartwright, Mark. "Perseus." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 21 Oct. 2012. Web. 17 Mar. 2015. "Medusa." Medusa. GreekMythology.com, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2015. Napoli, Donna Jo, and Christina Balit. Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters. Washington: National Geographic Society, 2011. Print. "Perseus with the Head of Medusa." Perseus with the Head of Medusa. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2015.
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