Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Perseus with the Head of Medusa

Photo credit: National Trust Images

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

This sculpture is after Antonio Canova's marble statue of 1801, now in the Vatican Museum, Rome. Perseus is depicted triumphant with the severed head of Medusa in his left hand. He is shown in a winged hat (the 'Cap of Hades'), winged sandals lent to him by Hermes and a sword in his right hand lent to him by Zeus. Perseus stands in a contrapposto pose, with his weight on his left leg. His head is turned to look at the severed head of Medusa in his left hand.

Although its exact date of purchase is unknown, the sculpture was acquired prior to March 1837 when it was listed in an inventory of the house. The statue would have been acquired during the time of minority of the 4th Duke, George John Frederick Sackville, or soon after his death.

National Trust, Knole



Perseus with the Head of Medusa




plaster & wood


H 200 x W 140 x D 50 cm

Accession number


Work type



See a tag that’s incorrect or offensive? Challenge it and notify Art UK.

Help improve Art UK. Tag artworks and verify existing tags by joining the Tagger community.

National Trust, Knole

Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue