Greek Glory - Madison Altonji

The collection I have put together takes many kinds of pieces and brings them together to showcase Greek mythology. This collection is centered on battles of gods and goddesses and triumphs that they achieved. War in Greek mythology was a big deal and this collection puts together just some of the stories of battles conveyed throughout art. 

This statue depicts an unknown god or hero in Greek mythology. It has a very smooth texture that gives it a very godly appearance. The ripple effect of the cloth over his shoulder softens the appearance of the sculpture. Texture was also added in the torso to make the subject look strong and brave.
This painting is showing when Zeus punished Ixion for trying to seduce his wife. Ixion was pushed into an abyss to rotate on a burning wheel for eternity. The colors used in this oil painting help to convey its dark theme. The reds and blacks bring out the anger of the scene depicted. It gives the painting an immediate feeling of anger and pain.
This carving shows Achilles riding with his mother as they travel. He is dressed as though he has been through a battle or as if he is heading into one. There is a lot of movement in this carving. The viewer can almost imagine the scene taking place even though it is just a carving. Though this is only a fragment of what the whole piece once was, it can be seen that the spacial perspective was thought about in the creation of this carving. There is not a lot of blank space, most of the stone is used in the work.
This piece shows obvious conflict amongst its subjects. The scene is very intense and contains a struggle as well as anger. The lack of color in this piece requires the viewer to really focus on the scene and what is occurring with the story behind it. In this instance not using color benefited the work because it allowed the scene to be showcased on its own. Shading was used to differentiate between shapes and figures.
This sculpture shows Laocoön, who was the son of Acoetes in Greek mythology, with his sons being attacked by serpents sent by the gods. Movement is one of the biggest themes in this sculpture. Each figure can be seen in an obvious struggle. The viewer can clearly see the trouble that the subjects were in. The facial expressions are also very intricate. The pain expressed through this piece is very evident.
This vase is painted with scenes of Athena, goddess of war, in battle. The contrast in this painting really stands out in both the color and the painting itself. Athena is shown in a much grander sense than those she is fighting. Her garments seem to almost flow, making her seem larger than her opponents whom have in contrast, very sharp precise armor. The colors also show contrast in ranging from the lightness of Athena's skin, to the dark color of the clothing and then the orange of the vase.
This sculpture depicts the demigod Perseus in his fight against Medusa. Movement and spatial perspective both stand out in this piece. The forms of the subjects are in action and the previous and future movements of the scene can be easily predicted. The use of space is also intriguing. The action is happening lower down but the height of Perseus draws the eye up to the rest of the sculpture. This makes it a very interesting piece to look at and gives it a unique shape.
This statue shows Hercules in what appears to be an action resulting from battle. The form of Hercules is made to appear very strong and brave. It can be inferred that he is fighting in a battle and shooting towards the sky. The eye tends to move with the action of the sculpture, following his arm to where the arrow is shot from the bow. The texture of the statue is rough and worn which makes it appear to be older.
This painting shows the Greek hero Herakles fighting Triton, the messenger of the sea. The pattern on this vase stands out most on Triton. Scales are all over the form of his body to show his connection to the sea. His serpent-like form is also a reference to an eel or sea snake. The pattern on Herakles is more subtle because it is only showing his armor. There is also pattern along the top of the vase which adds contrast to the blank space not used by the painting of the fight scene.
This piece shows Hippolytos dying after he had be cursed by Poseidon upon request of his father. The lack of color in this painting creates almost a somber and dark quality within the piece. The grayscale color scheme places a melancholy mood over the scene. There is not any excess white space which shows the use of space on the canvas.
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