Medusa, Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam

The marble sculpture ‘Medusa’, of the eponymous character from the classical myth, was made by Gian Lorenzo Bernini around 1640. It portrays the head and shoulders of a monstrous, snake-haired woman with a petrifying glare. Medusa can be seen as a tribute to wonder. She still makes us petrify, but now out of wonder about the virtuosity of its maker Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Name
Medusa
Collection
Museum collection
Commissioned by
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Design
Based on the sculpture ‘Medusa’ by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Hellen used the edges of the ceilings of Villa Borghese in Rome in her design to frame the image of the sculpture.
Quality
85% modal / 15% silk
Size
135 x 135 cm
Finish
machine stitch
Price