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Medusa: One of the three Gorgons, Medusa was a most beautiful Nymph. She was seduced by Poseidon, god of the sea, in Aphrodite’s temple. Offended by this, the goddess of Beauty punished Medusa transforming her into a hideous creature with snakes for hair and the ability to change any living creature into stone if meeting her gaze. Perseus beheaded her to save Andromeda from sacrifice by using Medusa’s gaze as a weapon against the princess’ foes. Having done this, he then disposed of the head by tossing it into the ocean. The painting depicts Medusa’s head still floating about to sink into the abyss. (Oil on canvas. Size: 27”X 33”, 70 X 85cm).