Medusa in Myth and Marble Statues

"The stories of Medusa are often contradictory. Was she a victim or a villian? Was she always ugly or once beautiful? How did someone with the body of a dragon and a head of snakes become known as the 'guardian or protectress' Just what was her role in the early Greek myths?"

Medusa Marble Statue @Side Museum, Turkiye

Basilica Cistern @Istanbul, Turkiye

The Basilica Cistern/ Yerebatan Sarnici is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkiye. The cistern, located 500 feet soutwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian.
The cistern provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the First Hill, and continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and into modern times.

Located in the northwest corner of the cistern, the bases of two columns reuse blocks carved with the visage of Medusa. The origin of the two heads is unknown, though it is thought that the heads were brought to the cistern after being removed from a building of the late Roman period.
From; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_Cistern

For 3D view; http://www.3dmekanlar.com/tr/yerebatan-sarnici.html

Marble Column with the visage of Medusa @Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Marble Column with the visage of Medusa @Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Marble Column with the visage of Medusa @Basilica Cistern, Istanbul 

Medusa by Caravaggio (1573-1610)
The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

VIK MUNIZ, Medusa, after Caravaggio (from Pictures of Junk), 2009, Digital C-Print, 88" X 71"

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