Camillo Procaccini

The Triumph of Perseus over Medusa and the Creation of Pegasus

c. 1590-1600
This highly refined drawing of great elegance and energy was made as an end in itself to satisfy a connoisseur's taste and not as preparatory for a painting. The story from Ovid's "Metamorphoses" relates how Perseus killed the Medusa – who could turn men into stone at a glance – by approaching her with a mirrored shield. Her head with its thick, serpentine hair rests at the base of the design. Ovid goes on to relate how the winged horse Pegasus was born from the blood of Medusa's head as, ostensibly, the child of Neptune.
Title
The Triumph of Perseus over Medusa and the Creation of Pegasus
Date
c. 1590-1600
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink with brown wash heightened with white on blue-grey paper, laid down on tan laid paper
Dimensions
30.8 x 23.5 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 2001
Accession number
40549