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Oil Painting - Medea

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1925P105
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1866 - 1868

Maker Information

Artist:Frederick Sandys - View biography for Frederick Sandys


This painting caused much heated debate in The Times when it was rejected from the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1868, despite it being hailed as a masterpiece by many critics. Greek legend describes Medea as a sorceress and the wife of Jason. When he deserted her for another woman, Medea poisoned both her rival (Glauce ) and her two children.

Presented by the Trustees of the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 1925.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on panel with gilded background.


Height:61.2 cm
Width:45.6 cm