Hellenic Mythology - Medusa Picture

According to late classical poets, Medusa was once a beautiful maiden who was transformed by Athena into a monster as punishment for lying with Poseidon in her shrine. However, early Greek writers and artists, simply portray her as a monster born of a monstrous family. Medusa, who alone of her sisters was mortal, was, according to some legends, at first a beautiful maiden, but her hair was changed into serpents by Athena, in consequence of her having become by Poseidon the mother of Chrysaor and Pegasus, in one of Athena's temples. Her head was now of so fearful an appearance, that every one who looked at it was changed into stone.

Time Consumed: I don’t even know, I stopped counting after a month went by as I worked on her on and off.
Song of Motivation – "The Eyes of Medusa" by Symphony X
Phrase of Inspiration – Hesiod, Theogony 270 ff (Hellenic epic C8th or C7th B.C.) :
"Poseidon, he of the dark hair, lay with one of these [Medusa, one of the Gorgones], in a soft meadow and among spring flowers."

Hesiod, Theogony 270 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Hellenic epic C8th or C7th B.C.) :
"And to Phorkys (Phorcys) Keto (Ceto) bore the Graiai (Graeae), with fair faces and gray from birth, and these the gods who are immortal and men who walk on the earth call Graiai, the gray sisters, Pemphredo robed in beauty and Enyo robed in saffron, and the Gorgones who, beyond the famous stream of Okeanos (Oceanus), live in the utmost place toward night, by the singing Hesperides: they are Sthenno, Euryale, and Medusa (Medusa), whose fate is a sad one, for she was mortal, but the other two immortal and ageless both alike. Poseidon, he of the dark hair, lay with one of these, in a soft meadow and among spring flowers. But when Perseus had cut off the head of Medusa there sprang from her blood great Khrysaor (Chrysaor) and the horse Pegasos (Pegasus) so named from the springs (pegai) of Okeanos, where she was born."
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