|Italian: Testa di Medusa|
|Type||Oil on canvas mounted on wood|
|Dimensions||60 cm × 55 cm (24 in × 22 in)|
The first version (1596) is also known as Murtula, after poet Gaspare Murtola (d. 1624), who wrote of it: "Flee, for if your eyes are petrified in amazement, she will turn you to stone." It measures 48 by 55 cm and is signed Michel A F (Latin: Michel Angelo Fecit), "Michel Angelo made [this]", Michelangelo being Caravaggio's first name. This work is privately owned.
Use in other works
CrimethInc. created and distributes a poster titled "Beauty Subversion" which features the painting. Alongside a re-colored version of the work is printed "Beauty must be defined as what we are, or else the concept itself is our enemy."
- Caterina Caneva, La Medusa del Caravaggio restaurata, Retablo, Roma, 2002
- Gloria Fossi, Uffizi: Art, History, Collections (Giunti Editore, 2004), p. 530.
- CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective. "Beauty Subversion". CrimethInc. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
- Medusa at Web Gallery of Art