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Alice Pike Barney, Medusa (Laura Dreyfus Barney) Date: 1892 Technique: Pastel on canvas, 92 x cm

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Medusa was subject to mortality. She was celebrated for her personal charms & the beauty of her locks. Neptune became enamoured of her, & obtained her favours in the temple of Minerva. This violation of the sanctity of the temple provoked Minerva, and she changed the beautiful locks of Medusa. Medusa and her sisters came into the world with snakes on their heads, yellow wings and brazen hands. Their bodies were covered with scales, and their looks had the power of killing or turning to…