Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The male Medusa: Gorgon's Head

Jonathan Jones continues his exploration of British art with a sculpted head from ancient Bath that is both a powerful image from Greek and Roman myth and a touchstone of British folklore

It is the Green Man, it is the Medusa. This sculpted head from ancient Bath is simultaneously a powerful image from Greek and Roman myth and a touchstone of British folklore. Created in the first century AD, probably by artists from Gaul, for the great Roman baths that are a wonder of the west country, it depicts the snake-headed monster killed by Perseus. But it also has a Celtic quality and resembles the face of a wild man of the woods that is often seen in British medieval art. This is a dreamlike hybrid from our misty past.

Via http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/picture/2012/jul/25/gorgon-s-head-british-art