This is a colossal marble sculpture by Antonio Canova (1757-1822) and is originally from Rome, Italy, sculpted over 18046. Here the mythological hero Perseus presents his prize, the head of Medusa, to the world. Through this dynamic pose, Canova brings our attention to the sweep of the idealiszed body, which is framed by a drape of Perseus. Designed with the great statues of antiquity in competition, the figure possesses complete musculature and well proportioned shoulders, hips and limbs. The Gorgon Medusa was worried for her skill to turn living men to rock. Here, this procedure is inverted by Canova. Deploying his distinguished ability for manipulating the surface of marble, chilly rock has turned into warm flesh. The pose of Perseus is nearly indistinguishable to the Belvedere Apollo (under)
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