Jason and Medea (painting)

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Jason and Medea
ArtistJohn William Waterhouse
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions134 cm × 107 cm (53 in × 42 in)
LocationPrivate collection

Jason and Medea is an oil painting in the Pre-Raphaelite style created by John William Waterhouse in 1907.[1][2]

The painting depicts the Colchian princess, Medea, preparing a magic potion for Jason to enable him to complete the tasks set for him by her father, Aeëtes.

Medea's determined facial expression shows a characterization consistent with that of Greek literature, particularly Euripides' tragedy Medea.

The painting is thematically and visually similar to Waterhouse's The Magic Circle.

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  1. ^ Carlà-Uhink, Filippo; Berti, Irene (23 April 2015). Ancient Magic and the Supernatural in the Modern Visual and Performing Arts. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-4725-2738-7.
  2. ^ Kestner, Joseph A. (1995). Masculinities in Victorian Painting. Scolar Press. p. 53. ISBN 978-1-85928-108-6.