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Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 48
  • Illustrations: 66
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 11''
  • Format: Paperback
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  • ISBN: 9781588396426



By Kiki Karoglou

This Bulletin accompanies The Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Greek and Roman Art exhibition at The Met Fifth Avenue.

Medusa, the monstrous Gorgon of Greek mythology whose gaze turned beholders to stone, became increasingly anthropomorphic and feminine beginning in the fifth century B.C. This Bulletin explores the changing ways in which Medusa and other hybrid creatures were imagined and depicted from antiquity to the present day. Drawn primarily from The Met collection, this publication examines a wide range of works dating from the late sixth century B.C. to the twentieth century, from ancient Greek armor, drinking cups, and funerary urns to Neoclassical cameos and contemporary fashion. Also featured is one of the earliest portrayals in Greek art of Medusa as a beautiful young woman. Among the most powerful and resonant in Western culture, the story of Medusa has inspired poets, artists, psychoanalysts, feminist critics, political theorists, and designers.

Kiki Karaglou is Associate Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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