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actual image size: 22cm x 30cm


Half-length seated figure of Medea. Her head is tilted slightly to her right and she faces the spectator. She claws at her red necklace whilst pouring liquid from a beaker into a lit burner. Her long hair is loose. She wears a headband, long earrings and a white dress. On the left in the foreground is a pair of copulating toads and a small Egyptian sculpture. On the right is a abalone shell. She sits in front of a gold background decorated with a ship on the left, flying cranes and the golden fleece hanging in a grove of trees. Below the gilt decoration is a dragon, his legs on the left and his head on the right.

Image Details

61.2cm x 45.6cm
Oil on panel with gilded background.
Presented by the Trustees of the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 1925.
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