Mythology Moves:                                   Efren Gallegos

This gallery explores the use of sculpture and paintings that depict mythological events/people. This gallery focuses on those pieces of art that capture movement, using it as part of the image storytelling. The convergence of myth and motion provide a unique way of bringing art to life.

Bacchant and Bacchante with a Cupid is a terra-cotta sculpture that gracefully captures a scene with a man a woman and Cupid. This piece seems to have frozen movement in time. We see the man pick up the woman and we see her attention is on the cupid who seems to be reaching out as if calling for her attention. I selected this piece because it incorporates a mythological character still relevant in our current consciousness. The sculpture really captures fluidity and motion incredibly well, making it almost seem alive.
This sculpture is a representation of Thor resting with his hammer. This deity is represented in a very human pose, and is captured with a distant look on his face, his body in a little bit a slump. This sculpture also seems to be in mid movement, i can almost see a deep exhale about to happen. Thor is another mythological character who is still relevant and widely popular in our times,
This sculpture of Venus depicts her removing the sandal she is wearing, it is the last item she is wearing. Her pose captures her delicately catching her balance as she looks away, removing her sandal. her body hunches over slightly accentuating her body and figure. Venus is another Mythological deity that still holds relevance in our modern world. I selected this piece because of the life like motion we can see carved into a motionless medium bringing it to life.
This piece titled the abduction of Proserpina by Pluto captures a scene of struggle. Here we can see the arms of Proserpina lifted in a manner that depicts her resistance against Pluto. He is seen firmly and unflinchingly carry her off, facing the path he is on even walking over and past the individual on the floor without any discernible issue. This sculpture contains a live still mythological scene and in it we can see exactly what is happening and see the momentum the piece carries.
In the final sculpture of this gallery we have Apollo. He is seen in a pose with an outstretched arm, almost like in a benevolent manner as if handing out something. He has an expression and body position that emphasize his movement, in a very godly way he seems to be mid stride. The only article of clothing he is wearing seems very crisp flows around his body tied at the hip. I chose this sculpture because of the way the piece comes to life.
This is the first painting in this gallery and it is titled Antaeus setting down Dante. The image shows Antaeus leaning back stretching and reaching downward. He maintains his feet on the ground and clutches the ground with his other hand. His face, focused looks down as he reaches. Besides the movement shown in his turning body we also see the movement in the sky behind him.I chose this image because this piece also demonstrates movement and storytelling through Myth.
The birth of Bacchus is a oil on a panel art piece. This piece depicts a scene full of motion. in a almost counter clockwise fashion through each body position and expression we can see as the story telling comes alive. This image also incorporates the use of color as a way to enhance the perceived motion. For the exception of one all faces on this piece are represented in a portrait manner. The one character whose whole face we see is calling our attention to her gaze. I chose this image because The concept of motion and mythology is represented in a slightly different fashion yet achieves the same sense of motion as the other pieces in the gallery.
This piece titled A young Girl Defending Herself against Eros. The young girl in this image can be seen slightly smirking , with a playful look on her face. she is partially covered with her chest exposed. We can see Eros continuing despite her playful resistance. He looks focused and aimed at her chest/heart. Her body with arms outstretched, demonstrates her actions of keeping her distance from his arrow. I chose this image because not only is motion captured in this piece but it also anticipates the moments to come.
This piece titled Ceres and Two Nymphs with a Cornucopia. This piece shows a scene of the 3 females gathered around a cornucopia. They seem to be in a middle of a task, each of them is laying a hand on the cornucopia seemingly doing something independently but together. This is a different style of art that conveys the theme of motion through a different perspective. The articulation of the limbs and expressions add to the sense of motion of this piece. I selected this piece because the overall flow of motion and style help elaborate motion and myth.
For the last piece in my collection I have selected Venus and Love. This image shows a somber representation of Venus as she looks down almost avoiding Love's direct glance. her hair rest on her shoulder and her posture is low. She is almost colorless. Love is almost begging, shown on its knees. The darker tone and feel of this image is another example of motion though a different perspective. I selected this image to close the gallery because the motion in this piece is so subtle yet felt, demonstrating the range and use of motion in these mythological pieces.
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