Artibus et Historiae no. 49 (XXV)

2004, ISSN 0391-9064

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MAURIZIO MARINI - con una nota di DENIS MAHON, Caravaggio, Murtola and "the poisonous of Medusa"

The article explores a version of the Head of Medusa by Caravaggio which was known to the contemporary poet Murtola and must evidently have been distinct from the celebrated version in Florence painted for the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Marini's arguments (which included X-radiographs showing substantial changes of mind - including that of an eye in a completely different position) are all the more convincing as in the list of objects in the possession of Caravaggio in August 1605, there appears 'una rotella', which must be the picture known to Murtola.

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