(original image by Ugo Bardi. Reproduce it as you like, if you cite the source, it is appreciated)
With his "Perseus and Medusa", Benvenuto Cellini created a true masterpiece; something that we can still admire today under the "Loggia de Lanzi" in Florence. Cellini went beyond the mere celebration of a murder, showing Medusa not as a monster, but as a creature of stunning, near supernatural beauty. In showing the head of Medusa held high by Perseus, Cellini may have intended to show the transcendence of a divine being: an ancient Moon Goddess transmogrified into a monster by bad press, returning to the realms where it came from.
For a more detailed examination of Cellini's "Perseus and Medusa", see this previous post.