La Gorgone or Medusa, is selfish. She wants men to desire her and she does not care that if they look at her they will die, in fact she enjoys it. This selfish quality comes out in Sartorios painting through la gorgones stance, she is standing seductively and proudly on top of the head of one of the men who looked upon her and died. She does not show any sign of remorse and it even looks as if she is asserting herself confidently as a successful killing seductress who can take on any man. It looks this way because she looks down at the man beneath her feet to watch him die as she casually fixes her hair. La gorgones selfishness, assertiveness and superhuman strength, which are clearly visible qualities of hers when one looks upon the painting, are all qualities t...
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...x piece of art that to some philosophers is considered beautiful, true and good for society while to others is considered none of these or one or two of them. As a true Nietzchean supporter, I believe this painting is beautiful especially in the way it portrays the consequences of our basic human desires, like lust and the use of superhuman mythological figures in the art of the up and coming modern twentieth century.
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