William Wetmore Story American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 700

In the ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides, Medea was the sorceress who assisted Jason in obtaining the Golden Fleece and later became his wife. When he abandoned her, Medea murdered their two children and planned the death of his new love, Creusa. To nineteenth-century theater audiences, Medea was a sympathetic character forced to choose between relinquishing her children and protecting them by destroying them herself. Story similarly deemphasized Medea’s revenge, leaving to the viewer’s imagination the scene of infanticide to come.

#4392. Medea

Medea, William Wetmore Story (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1819–1895 Vallombrosa), Marble, American

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