Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt

The Finding of Medusa; The Death of Medusa (The Birth of Pegasus and Chrysaor); Perseus Pursued by the Gorgons

1875–6

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Gouache, gold paint and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 368 x 1284 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1919
Reference
N03457

Display caption

Perseus eventually discovers Medusa with her sisters, the Gorgons. Unlike her they are all immortal. Using Athena's mirror to defend himself, Perseus beheads Medusa, at which point the winged horse Pegasus and the warrior Chrysaor spring from her decapitated body. When the Gorgons attempt to punish Perseus for killing their sister, he evades them by using the helmet given to him by the sea nymphs, thus becoming invisible.

Gallery label, June 1993

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