2. Medusa” by MICHELANGELO Caravaggio

Medusa is known throughout myth as the beautiful wife of Poseidon who broke her vows of celibacy to unite in marriage with the sea God. Her punishment was to be transformed into a gorgon; hideous with snakes as her hair. She would never be allowed to look upon the face of man without causing them to turn to stone. This painting was created as a gift for Ferdinando l de' Medici by the Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte.