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Perseus with the Head of Medusa This piece made to replicate the Greek classical style stands tall above entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art This sculpture created by Antonio Canova in marble was done in the early 19th century Historically the tale of Perseus and how he killed the beast-woman Medusa is from eons before however the artist chose to recreate this scene from Greek mythology In addition Canova uses many techniques that were used by Greek sculptors he use of detailed anatomy a combination of stoicism and portrayals of anguish stiff posture contrapposto and the draping of the fabric around Perseus arms Perseus stands rigidly looking at the head of Medusa His expression is unchanged One leg bends toward her head but it does so in a rigid uncomfortable manner He holds his sword out on his right and her head on his left Fabric is draped unnaturally off his left arm and it falls to the floor behind him He has the ideal body with perfectly sculpted and toned muscles Perseus is naked save a pair of very decorative and ornate sandals His body is in a curve with his spine He appears to be a warrior and he is triumphant in his defeat of Medusa A feeling of pride overwhelms one when they look at him however it is hard to relate to him because he does not feel real He is humanized but does not appear natural or normal Medusa or rather her head is held by its hair in Perseus left hand He holds it out from him in disgust Her face is writhing in pain as she has been decapitated Her snake-hair is very representational and doesnt look like real snakes Still however her face does not illustrate the true anguish or pain that she must have felt It is not naturalistic She actually appears to be somewhat idealized This piece evokes feelings of strength power and pride
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