This is the statue of Perseus with the Head of Medusa

This is the statue of Perseus with the Head of Medusa

10/25/2021, 9:13:16 PM
This is the statue of Perseus with the Head of Medusa (1804-1806) by Antonio Canova in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An earlier version is in the Vatican Museums. When making a statue of marble, the artist needs to be aware of the center of gravity. In this sculpture, the stretched arm of Perseus and the head of Medusa naturally shift the center of gravity. Canova included two tricks to keep the sculpture stable and decrease the chances that it gets severely damaged by movement or that the head would simply break off. First, the robe has been included in the sculpture to provide additional support for the arm of Perseus and the head of Medusa. The somewhat unnatural shape of the robe helps to keep the statue balanced. Second, the head has been made hollow to reduce the weight of the head. You can see that from below. Canova created two versions of the head of Medusa for the sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The hollow marble head that you see here and a head in plaster (which is much lighter in weight). The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns both heads. Canova suggested the commissioner that she could put a candle in the hollow head for some amusement. #Art #Sculpture #Statue #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #Metropolitan #Museum #NewYork #MET #VaticanMuseums #Vatican #Marble #Perseus #Head #Medusa #Canova #AntonioCanova #Sculptor #Balance #Stable #Halloween

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