Mythological Movement | Christina MIller

Some of the most inspiring pieces of art recorded throughout history have been those that directly depicted the stories of all culture's mythology -- the most inspiring being the ones that take a snap shot of the action, that tell the whole story through the movement of the body or build of a scene. This gallery was created to make a collection of some of the most exciting and captivating works of art that repeat the historical stories of our predecessors with a strong line of action and breathtaking movement. 

Here we see Boreas the god of Winter kidnapping Orithyia, an Athenian princess after having tried to pursue her and getting angry when she rejected him. Your eye goes straight to Orithyia and then travels downwards.
The one I'd like to draw focus to here is the depiction of Andromeda struggling with the Sea-Monster sent to devour her. There's a lot of movement in this sculpture with your eye being tactfully directed by the S curve shown throughout the piece.
While this piece may seem fairly static and straight, there are a few interesting ways movement was incorporated. While Saturn is depicted eating one of his children, his wings and waist cloth all point downwards, encouraging your eyes to travel down the expanse of his legs.
In this piece we see Messalina (the third wife to Emperor Claudius) being murdered by Claudius's head officers for her several adulteries. The movement in this painting clearly depicts the story, and conveys an extreme amount of emotion.
Here we see the form of one of the most famous stories and sculptures that had been lost to time. It shows the father and his two sons struggling to fight off a horde of serpents, and the serpents themselves draw the eye across the length of the sculpture.
In this painting, our eyes are traveling up and down several times to take in all of the figures and what they are doing. Bacchus is known as the god of wine and intoxication, and this shows the hectic feel that his life would eventually take.
This is another abduction sculpture that shows the woman being held in the air. Due to this we are at first drawn to the action of the sculpture, but because of the color difference between the sculpture and the base our eye continues to travel downwards.
This piece has an especially interesting take on movement where our eyes are drawn to the parts of the painting that seem to contain the most light, which is actually the subject matter of the abduction itself. The eye then travels backwards to the landscape and then eventually up to the sky.
This sculpture ingeniously makes use of diagonal angles to draw a line of interest from the base or the feet of Leda up to the top of the Swan itself, making a almost haunting piece to view.
The movement in this painting is interesting in the idea that almost everything creates a sort of circle or curved point of interest that directs the eye to middle of the painting towards Omphale.
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