Rubens painted the painting “Medusa's Head” with oil on wood. As for Rubens himself, it is customary to call him a Flemish painter, although in fact, he is the greatest representative of all European painting, and in fact, looking at this work, it is very difficult to argue with this.
In this picture, the identity is quite clearly visible, bordering on the genius of the master’s brush, the artist was able to absorb all the best from his predecessors and translate this into this work. Needless to say, in the picture there is a combination of several styles that some masters of the Renaissance era used at one time.
Directly in the picture, one can observe life's color, despite the tragedy of the situation, and a certain aversion to the severed head. At the same time, the picture is not without its brilliance and richness, which is actually quite difficult to convey together with creeping reptiles and arthropods.
The picture is so vivid that upon closer examination it may seem that it comes to life, and the master with his brush, like a conductor of a symphony orchestra, which plays before the viewer the last seconds of his head's life cut off from the body. At this time, it is impossible not to note the whole flavor, and the power of the traced figures in this whole dramatic production.
Despite the reality and comprehensibility of the whole motive, there is something to ponder. Special attention should be paid to the plasticity of the painted shapes, it is also surprising how the master perfectly understood the art of chiaroscuro and successfully uses it in this picture. Thus, despite the plot, the master does not strive for simply academic writing of the picture, but for independent deep study of nature itself, whether it be a beautiful angel or the severed head of Gargona.