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Medea the Sorceress

Photo credit: Southwark Art Collection

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This sinister beauty is Medea, the vengeful wife of Jason from ancient Greek mythology. Medea helped Jason with the insurmountable task of getting the Golden Fleece that he needed in order to obtain his inheritance. Medea brutally killed her own brother to ensure her and Jason’s safe escape. Yet Jason betrayed her love when he agreed to marry the beautiful princess Glauce. Here Medea gathers poisoned fungi from a serpent filled forest, which she will use to poison Glauce and her father.

Southwark Art Collection

London


Date

1880

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 182.8 x W 152.4 cm

Accession number

GA0650

Acquisition method

purchased from the executors of the artist's estate

Work type

Painting


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