Title: Bernini’s Medusa

bernini medusa

Story: Whenever I am in San Francisco, I try to visit the Legion of Honor at Land’s End. The Legion, and the area surrounding the Legion, is absolutely gorgeous.  On a clear day, you can see an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. During one visit to the Legion, The Medusa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680), believed to date from around 1638 to 1648, was on display. The statue “shows the beautiful Medusa, one of the Gorgon sisters, caught in the terrible process of transformation into a monster.” Looking upon the is carving in real life was absolutely breathtaking. How Bernini sketched such anguish and pain on this sculpture is mind-boggling.  All I know is that as I walked around this fully exposed carving and took in the magnificence of this piece of art, it reminded me that human beings are capable of creating really amazing and lasting pieces of art.

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