Trump an ironic Perseus

I only just came across this cover of Der Spiegel by Edel Rodriguez from last year, but it’s a clever take on Cellini’s Perseus (which I’ve written about before). The image of beheading calls to mind ISIS terrorists–for this reason, the cover drew criticism. The Medusa is a standard mythological allusion for political cartoonists, usually the villain and not the victim as here, an adapted Statue of Liberty. Striving to be visually direct in the cartoon, Rodriguez has missed on the phallic symbolism of Cellini’s harpe.

 

About Uncomely and Broken

I am a classicist in Sewanee, Tennessee.
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