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Museum - Medusa
It is painted in oil on canvas and affixed to a wooden shield. The subject is mythological (Athena’s shield, which utilized the power of the Gorgon to turn subjects to stone), very dear to the iconography of the Medici’s military power.
The painter is not inspired by ancient statuary: Medusa’s face and mane of snakes, contorted in horror at the bloody separation from the body, are captured in the instant of transition between life and death.