No. D 127
Date Range: around 440 BC or 1st/ 2nd century AD
H. 0, 38 m x 0, 48 m
Material: Marble copy of a bronze
Collection: Munich, Glyptothek
The Medusa Rondanini originates from the identically named palace in Rome. Among six copies this one is the best preserved. They were made after the bronze head of Medusa on the shield of the Athena Parthenos, created by Phidias for the Athenian Parthenon.
The head is surrounded by a flowing mane and on both sides of the head are wings. The hair reaches down to the ears and under her chin are twisted snakes. The Medusa Rondanini is one of the so-called “beautiful Gorgons”. The age determination is uncertain.
J. Boardman, Griechische Plastik. Die klassische Zeit4 (Mainz 1996)
B. Vierneisel-Schlörb, Klassische Skulpturen des 5. und 4. Jahrhunderts vor Christus (München 1979)