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Medusa's Sorrow by Gypsy-Rae Medusa's Sorrow by Gypsy-Rae
Medusa was a gorgon and had two sisters - Stheno, and Euryale - bore from the ancient marine deities Phorcys (or "Phorkys") and his sister Ceto (or "Keto"), chthonic monsters from an archaic world. There are a few differing origin stories about her but I've always went with the more tragic and sad one that went in line with Greek Mythology pretty well (all them Gods really had a thing for raping women left and right after all) where she was lovely maiden who caught Poseidon's fancy. He cornered her in Athena's temple and when Athena caught the Lord of the Seas raping Medusa she became enraged and transformed Medusa into the monster we all know.

Damn that's a pretty stiff and cruel punishment handed out by a Goddess to another women who was the victim of rape, sheesh. Goddess of wisdom Athena was NOT in that moment.

Makes it even more sad that Medusa is damned to die at Perseus hand - with Athena's help no less - so he can have her head.

Anyhow I wanted to depict Medusa even in her monstrous form as beautiful and a bit solemn. In some of the ancient greek/roman depictions Medusa and her sisters were shown with wings on their heads or back so that's why she has wings. Medusa is flanked by the two key players in her fall from grace - Poseidon on the left with all sorts of sea life hiding in his hair and Athena on her right wearing her helmet and her owl hiding in her hair. In the upper right corner there is a hint of the rape of Medusa in Athena's temple and it shows a crying Medusa as she is held by the sea God in a way that shows she is powerless against him.

Ok enough talking! I enjoyed this piece and will definitely revisit Medusa again since she is a favorite of mine. She needs more love and to be depicted as a tragic victim a little more often and less like a monster that deserves death. It gives her story a bit more interest that way. :)

Detail of the right corner here

Media: Ink and Gold Leaf on Wood

Art (c) Rae
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who-stole-MY-name Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
:iconbrainisfulloffuckplz: WTF Athena?!?! seriously!
xD Greek myths were pretty dark when you really think about it.
Sure, there is a heroic, golden aspect to them but it's all rape and murder all over!

Guess that's what makes them so intresting, they're very deep.
Gypsy-Rae Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha I know right? Myths are a greeeeat source for inspiration especially them Greek Gods - wow. I love the underline dark beneath the glittering gold. :heart:
xxxLady-DS-Bluexxx Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive :D Love the details!
S1lentknyte Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Love the art, love the back story tragic as it is.
Gypsy-Rae Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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March 27, 2013
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