Victoria has always been interested in how mythology is represented in art. If you look closely at the painting you will see serpent symbols hidden in a nod towards the original story below.
The well-known story of Medusa is of a gorgon who turns people into stone. In Ovid’s version of the story, Medusa was a beautiful young woman punished by the gods. Her strikingly soft hair was transformed into serpents and her face made so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone.
Victoria’s painting focuses on the less well-known ‘young Medusa’ before she was transformed.