Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Wikipedia Attack!!
Medea (Greek: Μήδεια, Mēdeia) is a woman in Greek mythology who was the daughter of King AeŽtes of Colchis, niece of Circe, granddaughter of the sun Helios, and later wife to the hero Jason. In Euripides' play Medea, Jason leaves Medea when Creon, king of Corinth, offers him his daughter, Creusa or Glauce.

Medea figures in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, a myth known best from a late literary version worked up by Apollonius of Rhodes in the 3rd century B.C. and called the Argonautica. But for all its self-consciousness and researched archaic vocabulary, the late epic was based on very old, scattered materials.

Medea is known in most stories as an enchantress and is often depicted as being a priestess of the goddess Hecate or a witch. The myth of Jason and Medea is very old, originally written around the time Hesiod wrote the Theogony. It was discussed briefly in the work Little Illiad from the 6th century B.C.

photoshop CS/Bamboo/arround 5 hours/music: Eldanie Uelle by Fairyland (Phil is a genious!, far one of the best songs of the band)

Add a Comment:
TheDanteMarvel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student General Artist
You're drawings are amazing!!! I love them!!! Keep up the great work!!! 😆
xlovelybird01x Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your work! how you make those dresses or pose. Or how everything is detailed is just amaziiing */////* .
DK2Assasin2Indy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like her expression.
Leonitus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
A very tragic legend on her part. I can't help but love tragic stories like hers, such as Medusa's, Sedna's, etc.
yarizui Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
omg XD if i imagined medea to look like this while i read the book i wouldve loved it way more XD
DIS-Kanna-sama Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely love it. I'm doing a research paper for my directed study on Greek tragedy right now and was curious if I could find any fanart for this:)
VectorZed99 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Hey Genzoman my man...Since you mention Jason in the description, I was wondering why didn't you draw him next, you know...Maybe with the whole Argonauts gang...? I don't know, just an idea....
Blueconroy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
At first I thought she was an evil train conductor.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
You firsy assumed she was evil ? I can understand that.
But the train driver part ... could you explain it, please ? I'm quite puzzled.
Kanadaj Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
That dress looks like something you can't move in :3
Yerac Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Writer
Wow, she was cute before she went ax-crazy.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Ax-crazy ? How so ?
dcblackstar Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
wow what a dick jason was a dumbass
pikachu-mello Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
i was named after her. my name is medea. it was all because someone lost a bet TT.TT
AvalonsWinter Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Medea is an awesome name!
pikachu-mello Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
it can be, except people make it not awesome, by mentioning some tyler guy every time i introduce myself.
femelushka Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good but low res.
Savghe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
My Favorite Sorceress from Greek Mythology <3333
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
"Man, why you go around drawing ME as a lilly white woman? I'm BLACK, damnit! Ain't nobody whitewashing this ebony goddess! Genzoman, boy, I should whoop yo ass into next week! And what's this stuff about me being Greek? I'm from Harlem, damnit! You better not come to me for advice, cause all you gonna get is a smacked forehead!

Tough I do appreciate you drawing me younger than what I really am. But still, blonde and white? What the hell?"
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Medea was suppose to be dark skinned in Greek mythology ? I didn't know that.
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Now I have to explain Tyler Perry's Madea movies to you? Has everyone in this site lived in a cave for the past ten years?
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Wow wow wow. Now, don't get your panties in a bunch.
Tyler Perry's Madea movies aren't exactly the most well-known in the movie industry.
Then, if you feel like geeking out and be a cinema history buff, good for you. Just keep in mind that not everyone is on the same frequency, fella.

Peace and roast nuts.
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
It just pisses me off that I'm constantly forced to explain my jokes to a dumb Deviantart audience, because, in the immortal words of the Joker: "If you have to explain the joke, then there is no joke!".
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
It pisses you off, I can see that quite clearly. But that doesn't necessarily make the audience stupid.
The audience just doesn't have the information that you have.

If you have to explain the joke, there is no joke".
But if the joke isn't understood, there is no joke either.

Anyway, now, I get your reference, so as far as I'm concerned, the matter is settled.
arigato30 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Artist
which goddess is that?
arigato30 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Artist
i see.mwahahaha
GrimoireVI Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
urgirl4ever Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student General Artist
I felt sorry for her when i heard this story. Im going to do a project on it and I am now asking for permission to use it. It will not be posted anywhere or claimed to be my own. I don't draw this well anyway. Many thanks!!:)
wnter06 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Greek mythology forever
monkeykingthe3rd Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
I don't blame her for being pissed at Jason.
Shiroi-girl Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Actually a priestess of Hecate was also a enchantress since Hecate is the goddess of magic.
Medea did kinda all the work for Jason with her magical abilities and after some years of using her powers and beauty he decided that a young sexy girl was better -and he could become a prince again- (and Medea was a princess herself before helping Jason).
So Medea was very very angry and killed Glauce, and the King, and burned down the palace (yay) using a poisoned dress that she gave to Glauce.
Since the dress was taking by the children it's said that Corinthyan people killed them, with stones, and she took the corpse away from Jason.
By the way as Adamkaimaras said the most famous version have Medea to kill them.
She did it because she knew that that was the only way to hurt Jason the most (or in some version to "save" them from Jason, since she didn't want him to take them away from her).
Then she took away the corpse in her grandfather Helios carriage leaving Jason for ever.

Jason died alone after suffering for what he did (some myths say that he was "killed" by Argo crumbling on him...even the boat hated him lol, he was such a useless jerk).

Medea name come from the same theme word of a lot other words, expecially one that mean both "to poison" "to enchant" and "to cure" and the last is the most used meaning of this word.
She was a healer, and an enchantress (the greatest, or second one with Circe), and a princess, and a demigod (her father's parents were both gods even if minor ones, and actually someone says tha her mother was Hecate herself).
And she is one of my favourite myth woman ever, she was strong and proud woman, that was why the ancient Greece society who was misogynous and male-ruled hated her and feared her (you can see it in Euripides' play).

NB This thing about ancient Greece is not my personal judgement it's truth, I love this society and have studied it for five years XD

p.s. It's not criticism against this art (fav+ btw, i so love it) it's just a comment about this character since her myth -as said- is really ancient and so have many version and many way of reading.
Sorry for my english Á_Á
LimstellaLebrun Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL thumbs up to the part where "even the boat hates Jason" XDDD
Fabianschica101 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
He was useless LOL
adamkaimaras Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Media was an enchantress and was Hecates priestess!!!
What you forgot to mention is that when Jason left her in order to marry Creon's daughter, she god jealous and mad and in order to take revenge she killed her children. Of course Jason never return to her, especially after what she did to him.

She was the first mother who killed her own children to revenge her husband, the father of her children. Since then when a mother does something like this we call her Medea. It's the worst thing to say in a mother now days in Hellas!!!
saishadow Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
a helios relative
DreadCometDragon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student
Tu talento es realmente increible, tienes una percepcion y unafacilidad a la hora de dibujar mujeres realmente increible.
saishadow Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
cool were do you get all this storys
CrashAriMP5N2O Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
She would make an excellent spellcaster =)
SweetOctopiewriter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, she is :D
Serah-Farron Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I love the colors you have chosen
IchinaruUzumaki Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Looks kinda like Cassandra from Soul Calibur
sockstealingnome Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Nice use of the blue and red. She looks much more innocent than some of the other goddesses you've done. Made me wonder if they were all wildcats in the bedroom or something. Love her dress and that midpart looks like a pillar. Is that a photograph in the background?
hathostet Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice....but wait a minute. Isn't she has a dark hair and eyes in mythology??
SweetOctopiewriter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I was told her skin was darker too. But I still like this one :D
giulio539 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
She is so not as Medea, i think you played too much World of Warcraft :(
porcelain-harlott Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Poor Medea...I hated what Jason did to her.
Elphie707 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
i did this play at school and i got to be medea! shes kinda crazy hehe
Moonstress Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
this is pretty!!! *.*
tranimation-art Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Professional Filmographer
The vengeful Medea was always one of my favourite characters in Greek literature. This is definitely not how I pictured her to look. I always saw her as a rather DARKKKK and exotic, but this look is growing on me. Very nice! ;p
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
October 26, 2008
Image Size
137 KB


254,113 (28 today)
7,718 (who?)
10,992 (1 today)