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The myth of Medusa

Painting, 04.05.2015, 212×100 cm

Description of the artwork «The myth of Medusa»

The painting "the Myth of the Gorgon Medusa"
Artist Dmitry Buyanov
Acrylic on canvas.
Size: 100 cm X 212 cm
4.05.2015 G.

Medusa - the daughter of the sea God Phorcys, son of Gaia, the Earth and the prototype of the Russian Sea king combined marriage with Titanides Keto. They had six daughters born to Hyperborean limits. Initially they worshipped as a beautiful Swan-like maidens (only much later, for ideological reasons, they were turned into hideous monsters - gry and Gorgon). Discrediting the Gorgon was the same pattern and apparently for the same reasons as the attribution of opposite signs and negative meanings in the decay of the total Indo-Iranian Pantheon into separate religious systems, when the "Devi" and "Ahura" (light divine beings) become "Devas" and "Asuras" - evil demons and bloodthirsty werewolves. This is a global tradition, inherent in any and all times, peoples, religions. The demonization of political and ideological opponents and today is an effective, albeit immoral, means of competition. What can we say about ancient times!

Apparently, before the migration protalinski tribes in the South, part of them has shifted to new ideals and values. This was particularly the case in the example of the most famous of the three Gorgons - Medusa (jellyfish).

Like many other well-known names of mythological characters, Medusa is a nickname, meaning "mistress", "lady". The Sea king's daughter of Phorcys , and beloved of the Lord of the sea Poseidon - beautiful Swan maiden Medusa ruled over peoples of the Northern lands and seas (in the words of Hesiod, "near the end within the night"). But in terms of the ruling matriarchal Power relations do not get along with the Wisdom Medusa rival was Athena. Meager fragments of ancient lore allows you to recover only a General outline of the tragedy.

Do not share power over Hyperborea two maidens-voitelnitsy. The fight was brutal - for life and death. The first act of wiping out the opponent was the transformation of the beautiful Swan Princess Medusa into a hideous monster with a boar's fangs, hair of snakes and eyes that turn all living things into stone. This act symbolizes is likely to split protalinski ethnic and ideological unity and hive off that part of the future founders of the great ancient Greek civilization, which is perhaps under the influence of natural disaster and under the leadership or patronage of the virgin Athens moved from North to South and within the lifetime of not one generation reached the Balkans, where, erecting a temple in honor of Athena, founded the city that today bears her name.

But female revenge knows no bounds. Athena was a little morally destroy Medusa - she needed a head of the opponent. That's why, some time later, she sends back, in Hyperborea, his half-brother Perseus, and , according to many, she accompanies him. Fraudulently Perseus and Athena together dealt with the unfortunate Medway : at the instigation of Pallas the son of Zeus and Danae cut off the Gorgon's head, and Athena stripped with ivory skin and pulled on his shield, in the centre of which was placed the image of the head slandered Maritime maidens. Since then, the shield of Athena by the name of fallen opponents is called "gorgonian"
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Nude, Battle scene, Mythological scene

Style of art: Baroque, Gothic, Classicism, Rococo, Symbolism

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 04.05.2015

Size: 212×100 cm

Artwork in selections: 4 selections