Gorgon, ancient Didyma, Turkey - classical Greek, 5th C. BC. The great temple here was destroyed by the Persians in 494 during Greece's Persian War.

Gorgon, ancient Didyma, Turkey - classical Greek, C. The great temple here was destroyed by the Persians in 494 during Greece's Persian War.Tempio di Apollo A Didima Turchia

Scythians in the Ukraine adopted the Gorgon on their armor and coins. They lived in the Black Sea region that Greek tradition said had historically been the land of Amazons.

bronze corselet armor with gorgon head at center of ches Scythian art from Ukrainet

Mask of the Gorgon Medusa, dating from c. 130 AD and found in the Forum Romanum in Rome, Romisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne

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Gorgon from the metope (near roof) of the temple at Corfu. She has serpents in her hair, wrapped around her waist, and coiling out form her body.    "Two drops of blood from the Gorgon...  One deadly,  the other brings healing of diseases."  --Euripides, Ion, 1003-1005

Gorgon from the metope (near roof) of the temple of Artemis at Corfu. She has serpents in her hair, wrapped around her waist, and coiling out form her body.

I love these representations of Medusa because in mythology, she was supposed to have been the most beautiful woman in the world-- even after she was made into a Gorgon.

In Greek Mythology Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with a hideous face and living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazers upon her face would turn to stone.

Elegant Medusa pin. She is often depicted with wings to the side of her head in Greek and Roman artwork.

Head of the Gorgon MedusaLate Century Czechoslovakian brooch, gold, jasper, and crystal. // This piece of art shows how Medusa's features captured the attention of the art and fashion cultures and how many wanted to wear the snakes of Medusa as headwear.

Bernini's Medusa ///  Believed to date from around 1638 to 1648, this extraordinary work takes its subject from classical mythology, as cited in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It shows the beautiful Medusa, one of the Gorgon sisters, caught in the terrible process of transformation into a monster.

The Medusa carved in Carrara marble by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Musei Capitolini, Rome

Photograph of Perseus beheading Medusa, «Metope from Middle Temple of Selinonte [Selinunte]. Museum Palermo», 6th BC.

Herakles [i. Metope from Middle Temple of Selinonte [Selinunte]. Museum Palermo Perseus cutting the head of Medusa off. Alternate artistic perspective from another culture.

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Terracotta antefix of a Gorgon's head Italian, about 500 BC From Capua in Campania, Italy

La Gorgone Méduse - Le Caravage - 1597

Caravaggio's "Medusa" 1597 -- Oil on canvas mounted on wood I like Caravaggio a lot, as well as much of the art in the Baroque period.

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[Island Scene]- a sculpture of Perseus with Medusa's head that conveys both his glory and her despair

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