Perseus Slaying Medusa

Copied after Johannes Gallus (Italian, 1585 to about 1652), Unidentified artist, French, 17th century, Or Unidentified artist, Italian, 17th century, After Marco dal Pino (Italian, about 1525–about 1587 or 1588)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch XII.124.25, Copy A; Le Blanc 4 (copy in reverse)


Sheet: 38.2 x 25.5 cm (15 1/16 x 10 1/16 in.) Image (borderline): 35.6 x 23.1 cm (14 x 9 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from three blocks in orange-tan, red, and black

Not On View


Prints and Drawings




Verso, upper center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA (Lugt 282)


Dr. James Bourne Ayer (b. 1849 - d. 1910), Boston; by inheritance to his children, Mary Farwell (neé Ayer) Rousmanière (b. 1878 - d. 1935), NY, NY, Nathaniel Farwell Ayer (b. 1879 - d. 1948), Boston, Dr. James Bourne Ayer (b. 1882 - d. 1963), Boston, and Elizabeth (neé Ayer) Inches (b. 1891 - d. ?); December 31, 1921, their gift to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of the Children of Dr. James B. Ayer