Medusa Picture

(Materials: graphite and charcoal)

"In a late version of the Medusa myth, related by the Roman poet Ovid (Metamorphoses 4.770), Medusa was originally a ravishingly beautiful maiden, "the jealous aspiration of many suitors," priestess in Athena's temple, but when she was caught being raped by the "Lord of the Sea" Poseidon in Athena's temple, the enraged Athena transformed Medusa's beautiful hair to serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone. In Ovid's telling, Perseus describes Medusa's punishment by Minerva (Athena) as just and well earned."

Also in some versions of the myth, Medusa, being a Gorgon, is described not like a monster: she wasn't nasty, but she was so beautiful that her beauty was scaring, it was so eye-catching, that turned into a stone everyone.
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