Medusa

Remounting Medusa

‘In September, we removed our cast of the Medusa pediment from the Temple of Artemis on Corcyra (modern-day Corfu) for essential conservation work. Now it’s time for her to come home, with fresh repairs and a new mounting system courtesy of the team at Cliveden Conservation to ensure that she remains in place for future generations to enjoy.’

‘Our cast of the Medusa pediment was purchased in 1930, ten years after the temple and its sculptures were discovered – but our catalogue doesn’t preserve the details of who made the cast, or where we got it from. It’s a bit of a mystery. However, we are probably one of very few cast collections to have this cast. Certainly, our cast is the only one in the UK.’

‘The Temple of Artemis at Corcyra is the earliest known example of sculptural decoration carved in stone from the Greek world. The central group, repeated on both sides (although only very fragmentarily preserved on one side), features a huge 3m+ figure of a grimacing Medusa, mid-run and ready to turn those who look upon her to stone.’

What’s On, University of Cambridge, December 2019



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