Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)
'Head of Andromeda'
Museum no. CAI 6
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
Rossetti made this highly finished study from his model Alexa Wilding in preparation for a painting. The picture was to show Perseus holding the severed head of Medusa - which turned to stone those who looked directly at it - above a pool of water, so Andromeda could safely see its reflection. The study shows Andromeda leaning awkwardly over to look.