The snakes on her head look like they're saying "Don't you worry, we'll deal with this ugly fucker ourselves!" and the rightmost one looks like he is going to get some furious vegance on the attacker.
And I can only agree with those. Medusa has a horrible backstory with the rape, rape babies, curse, not being able to have human contact, and then getting beheaded. It's messed up and brutal, as most Greek mythologies are, sadly.
This artworks shows that very important perspective of the story. Much respect. And all the details are just gorgeous!
I search for your art work was do to one of my friends saying Medusa is evil, I said she wasn't and that she was a victim and misunderstood. The argument ended with me giving a history lesson, that I first learned myself after seeing this picture.
I am so keeping this in my favorites so I don't have to hunt this done ever again! damn this took for ever.
And yes, Medusa was a victim too; she was cursed by the gods over something she wasn't guilty.
PS: Made an account just for this comment.
Medusa was transformed by Athena into a gorgon after she was raped by Poseidon in the goddess' own temple. Athena blamed the mortal woman, despite her years of devotion as a priestess, refusing to hold her brother responsible. Probably after years of sorrowful isolation, petrifying anyone who came to her willingly or not, Athena decided to be rid of her once and for all, and sent Perseus to finish the deed. For the first time someone came to see her, smart enough to not be turned to stone on sight, it was a man come to kill her.
You have portrayed this wonderfully, from the shadowed and wrathful face of Perseus to the fearful tears of Medusa. Well done.
I once killed a Medusa in the name of greed.
I needed a mask of beauty for my bard. My group had heard of a Medusa who was rumored to have one. When we got to the town we'd heard she lived near the two men who greeted us-the mayor and his assistant-told us that the Medusa had been terrorizing the town. Only later we learned that it wasn't true.
She'd fled her people after being shunned for being good. The local hunter had taken pity on her after finding her in the woods. She was sobbing and doing exactly what the Medusa in this picture is doing. He fell in love with her right then and then and soon they were lovers. He looked far and wide for a mask that would make her fit in more and keep her from hurting anyone without meaning to. After a bit of getting used to everyone in the town came to love her. She spent all her time helping people and teaching their children.
I didn't bother to find any of that out, though. I went to their house and killed him in his sleep. I went to kill her, too and got turned to stone. Then I got my hands broken off. She said that since I'd taken away her ability to find joy she would take away mine. As she went storming out of town she ran into another bard, turned him to stone and broke his face to pieces. She told him that from now on all he'd ever hear when he heard children laughing was their jeers. Then she turned him back to flesh. He ended up becoming our worse enemy but we never saw the Medusa again.
I eventually had my arms fixed and got turned back to flesh but I ended up having to go on another quest to get a mask. This one I managed to get without killing any neutral good characters though as a lesson I went from CG to NG and got a -5 whenever fighting Medusa (which I did my best to avoid). I learned valuable lesson that day.
While it made for a great story I still feel ashamed of what I made my character do. Not only because it ruined her and her husbands lives but because Jaspyr-the bard from the other town-ended up kidnapping and killing most of our kingdoms children. All those lives were on my characters head. Fortunately later on down the road I was able to make amends by sacrificing my characters life to protect our world.
Still...I can't help wondering whatever became if that poor, lonely Medusa. Thanks for the amazing art and for reading this. I hope now you understand why this picture while amazing was a little bit bittersweet...though in a good way. It does make for a great story. Least I think so. I hope you do, too.
(and sorry for my english.)
What's funny though is my current group plays Ponyfinder. lol
She was punished because poseidon raped her in the temple of the athena.
Poor girl, no wonder she developed a hate on men.
is that a stab wound on her side, too, or just blood from cutting off the snake?
she almost looks like she would welcome death...
Medusa, you had to boast before Athene.
Perseus, where is your brass armor?
The gorgon sisters are such cursed offsprings of a god. They just want to leave, but gods and humans always mess with them.