Warriors in battle

This gallery showcases warriors from all around the world and across history, in the heat of battle. Iconic battle stances, Heroes of old, and even religion/folk lure. Note that in the majority of the paintings, the aggressor is wearing an article of clothing that is red, and in the sculptures, the subject has an open stance displaying their intent. 

Herculese, son of Zeus, known mostly for his super human strength and being a demi-god, slays the hydra in this artwork from 1475. The hydra is a mystical creature, said to immortal since it's multiple heads would grow back it chopped off. In this painting, Herculese is captured by the hydra around the ankle as he prepares to lower his club on to one of the heads of the creature. Antonio del Pollalolo did an excellent job of details on both subjects of the artwork. Herculese is displayed having noticeable muscle tone and shading. Meanwhile, the hydra is given an earthy appearance and in some areas minor details are lost.
In this photo Zeus, the king of the greek gods is seen lunging forward in preparation of letting loose his thunderbolt. The sculpture, made in approximately 470-460 BCE is considered highly detailed for it's time, and is also seen as one of the most beautiful sculptures of the god king.
One of the Bible's most famous stories, this artwork depicts the killing of Abel at the hands of his brother Cain. According to the bible, Cain and Abel are the first two children of Adam and Eve, Cain being the eldest. Another reason this is such an iconic piece, is that biblically, this is the first murder ever committed. The artwork displays Cain with his axe raised while he pins his brother to the ground. Abel who already looks bloodied, is stretched out in terror at his brothers feet as he awaits the fatal blow.
Thor, often pronounced "Tor" is depicted here fighting off the giants with what appears to be ease. Gripping the hair of a giant in his left hand, and preparing to strike down more combative giants with his Hammer in his right hand, Thor is given a commanding presence with his bright red clothing and the sky well lit with his power over lightening and thunder. Look closely and you can see the background to the left and right of Thor contains more giants eager and/or dreading the encounter of the Norse Thunder God.
In this 1863 photo, a Samurai is seen in a sturdy, straight forward battle stance wielding a Katana. Near the time of this photo, the Samurai warrior and it's relevance in Japanese society as enforcers of law was coming to an end. The white bandana catches the eye in this photo as it stands out more than anything, largely in contrast to the armor typically dawned by a Samurai in battle. Likewise, the blade of the Katana is an attention grabber as it looks as much a part of the Samurai as his own limbs.
In this captivating painting, St. James, an apostle of Jesus, is seen trampling over two saracens who appear more life-like than James himself. With the clouds, the horse, and the flag all being white and at time almost vapor-like in texture, James appears to be ghostly. The detail on St. James is traded in for a dark, shadowy look, but also placing some value on the crimson belt, the artist accentuates ghostly image.
In this copper sculpture, St. Michael stands atop a column with a dragon at his feet. Sword in hand, raised to the sky, and poised to strike down the dragon in this depiction of a holy war between the biblical heaven and hell. HIs wings have excellent detail as they are layered and pointed upward and backward as if St. Michael is ready to take flight at a moments notice. Equally impressive is the detail in the helmet. Mounted to the back of the helmet is a circular base, with a multitude of snake-like blades pointing outward from the center of the base.
This engaging piece captures a pair of runaway slaves, where the man; still having shackles on his left wrist is defending his wife from three hounds who were unleashed to capture or kill the slaves. As small of a detail that it is, the blade of the axe displays the attention to detail that Richard Ansdell gave to this artwork. Worn and chipped the axe was used to strike down one of the hounds before it was able to carry out it's attack. Although the hound was struck, there is no sign of blood from it. Instead, Ansdell used the red in this painting to accentuate the male slave in his fight, determined to survive, protect, and escape to freedom.
In this painting, Theseus is pictured preparing what looks like his final blow to the Minotaur. Having red armor and shoes, and a green warrior dress and shoulder guards, Theseus is unmistakeable in this artwork primarily made up of earth tones. The Minotaur is depicted as having a mans torso, and the body of a bull, whereas in traditional mythology, the Minotaur has the head of a bull and body of a man. On the neck and right arm of the Minotaur are slash wounds, and there appears to be a spear plunged into it between it's front legs, leaving a small pool of blood under it's body.
In this sculpture we have Hercules taking aim at the Birds of Lake Stymphalis; who are not in the sculpture itself. The dynamics of the gaps or "voids" in this sculpture help give it it's allure. Hercules down on his right knee, and left foot braced against the rock in front of him, looks poised and strong in his positioning. From his left hand back to his right elbow, there is almost a perfectly straight line displaying his excellent form and combat experience. The curvature of the bow also gives great dynamic to this sculpture as it's close to being parallel to his body.
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