intake circa 2016
intake circa 2016

Medusa


Artist
William Kentridge (South African, b. 1955)
Date
2001
Medium
Lithograph and chine colle
Dimensions
Sheet : 30 x 29 3/4 in. (76.2 x 75.57 cm)
Image :
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2016.30.A

Label

William Kentridge was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to parents who were civil rights attorneys fighting the Apartheid system. His education in politics, African studies, and acting has influenced the strong sense of drama that is evident in Kentridge’s work. In this print, his distorted drawing reveals an image of Medusa reflected in the polished steel cylinder. In this way the print cleverly recalls the classical myth in which Perseus uses his polished shield as a mirror to avoid being turned into stone by the monster he was sent to kill.


 

Object Type
Print
Academic Themes
Greek and Roman Myths