Blogue d'un québécois expatrié en Angleterre. Comme toute forme d'autobiographie est constituée d'une large part de fiction, j'ai décidé de nommer le blogue Vraie Fiction.
Friday, 4 August 2017
The Head of Medusa
I took this picture at the National Museum in Cardiff. I love Greek mythology and the story of Perseus and his epic beheading of the GorgonMedusa is among my favourite since I watched a certain movie when I was a child. Since then, depiction of the story and of its monster always fascinated me. So when I saw this bronze, I was mesmerized. My wife thought it was funny to see me so eagerly taking pictures of a naked man (although he's not really naked: he has a helmet and sandals), but it was the severed head of the woman that caught my attention. Well, if one could say such vile monster is still a woman. The statue was made by Frederick William Pomeroy. I know nothing about him, but will look for more works from him. According to what I read by the statue, the work was meant to represent the triumph of man over evil. I suspect there may have been a hint of Victorian misogyny in it. All the same, it's a beautiful depiction of the myth and even in death Medusa remains terrifying.