This work of art shows a dramatic confrontation between Perseus and Phineus. This attack happened at Perseus's wedding which was interrupted by Phineus and his men. Perseus, who was famous in Greek Mythology for killing Medusa, holds her head and turns it towards his attackers turning them to stone.
This painting shows a lot of movement. Perseus is thrusting forward pushing medusa's head closer to his attackers, while the wedding guest fall to the floor along with the table. The attackers in the back, even though they have turned to stone, are stuck in mid-attack with their arms and weapons in the air. The soldier holding up the shield falls backwards to try and avoid medusa's gaze as well. It is evident that this is a fierce attack because movement plays an important roll in this painting.