greek marbles

Beings of myth; Medusa

“…upon that perfect countenance was the mark of eternal pain, of deathless agony and suffering past words… in the wide eyes seemed yet to lurk the flame of an unquenchable fire; while around the fair brows, in place of hair, curled and coiled the stark bodies of venomous serpents.”  
― Gertrude Bacon

Female marble statue, believed to be a Roman-era copy of a statue of Artemis by the Athenian sculptor Cephisodotus the Elder (fl. ca. 400-360 BCE).  Now in the Capitoline Museums, Rome.

Marble bust of the Greco-Egyptian deity Serapis.  Roman copy after a Greek original (4th cent. BCE) made by the sculptor Bryaxis for the Serapeum in Alexandria.  Now in the Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican City.