Medusa with the head of Perseus

“Manhattan, Collect Pond Park, October 2020. A seven-foot-tall bronze statue is unveiled. It is Medusa with the Head of Perseus, by the Italian Argentinian artist Luciano Garbati. Medusa holds Perseus’s head in her right hand, and in her left, the sword by which she killed him. She has snakes for hair and a resolute gaze. She stands tall—and nude—in front of the New York Criminal Court, where Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape. Cast by Garbati in 2008, the statue suddenly went viral on Instagram in 2020, when it was reposted by an Italian scholar and proclaimed a symbol of the #MeToo movement. Greek mythology has long been a byword for elitism and social conservatism. Is it really a good idea—or even possible—to use its images for contemporary gender justice? As a classicist, I am always skeptical about institutionalized enterprises that choose a classical example as a symbol for social inclusivity. But, then again, to see Medusa’s head still on her shoulders is itself unusual enough to pique my interest.” “What Garbati’s Medusa shows us is that to talk about social justice when appropriating someone else’s story, even when the story in question is a millennia-old myth, serves to perpetuate such injustice. By publicly choosing this statue as the symbol of #MeToo, the Art in the Parks program adopted a Pygmalion strategy: unhappy with the actual women around them, they crafted their own—both beautiful and unthreatening (even when brandishing a severed head).”—When Medusa Meets #MeToo

Hermetic Library Omnium Medusa With the Head of Perseus 4apr2023

Also, from 2018, “Maybe you’ve seen her in your social media feed. A woman in the midst of an unsavory, unrequested task, she stands naked, her hair a tangle of serpents, a sword in one hand, a severed head in the other. Her gaze is not triumphant, exactly, but resolute. This vision of a re-imagined Medusa myth is a sculpture by Luciano Garbati, a 45-year-old Argentine-Italian artist based in Buenos Aires who has watched in amazement lately as a piece of art he made in 2008 has gone viral across social media, as the perfect avatar for a moment of female rage.”—”The story behind the Medusa statue that has become the perfect avatar for women’s rage