Mythological Movement-A Lesson in how artist use movement to tell stories and creatE the unknowN-Virgil Cash

This collection is about movement that has been created by artist who gave their taste on mythological scenes or creatures. These artist used literature and/or the human form to help them give realism to their vision. There are paintings, watercolors, and sculptures from different times and cultures. The stories are often told within the confines of the artist vision. The movement created often tells you the action that is occurring to help move their vision along. In this gallery, there are gods, creatures, demigods, and even a human element used to balance everything out.

In this picture shows the Greek hero Perseus, known for the killing the gorgon Medusa, using the creatures head to vanquish one of his enemies. Notice how the artist has used motion to create the focal point of this pieces. It shows the fright of those being turned to stone. It shows Perseus in a heroic pose as he manages to finally stop the mob of people. Ricci uses the movement to create dramatic effect along with the dark and brooding colors. This helps to tell the story through one scene of the action.
In this sculpture you will notice the Trojan Prince, Lacoon, and his two sons. In this sculpture you will notice they are struggling with a sea serpent, the god Apollo sent after being angered by Laocoon. Foggini created a great sculpture using movement to create the struggle of these characters with the sea serpents. It seems like the sculpture is moving. The elements of size are playing a great factor in that it helps creates the fluid motion of statue. Movement helps create the agony that you see as you can almost feel their struggle to survive the sea serpent.
This piece contains the Norse god, Thor. This piece shows the artist Winge's vision of the god showing his powers against some giants. Winge manages to show Thor right as he is about to strike. You can feel the god of thunders power as he take on these giants. The dynamic and organic shapes help lead to the movement of this piece. Notice how Winge used color to make Thor the focal point of the painting. He gives you are great sense of the battle that is occurring. Thor's color helps guide you through the rest of the painting.
This sculpture represents the god, Mars, who seems to be getting himself ready for battle. The movement in this sculpture is a little more subtle. Cheere shows the humanistic portrayal of Mars as he unsheathing his sword. Cheere made it seem as if Mars is preparing for battle. This is all symbolic considering that Mars is the god of war. The expression on his face makes it seem as if he is a seasoned fighter who has seen many battles. It is also the movement in this statue that helps create its realism.
Blake has created a wonderful scene from Dante's Divine Comedy. In this painting, we see Antaeus sitting Dante and Virgil down to the last level of hell. Blake has created a great interpretation of this scene from the Divine Comedy. Movement in this mythological piece comes in the form of lines. Blake uses lines to help guide you through his painting and tell the story. Notice how Blake has painted Antaeus in such an unnatural form and how the colors of Virgil and Dante seems to stand out and make them a focus point of the painting. The unnatural pose helps lead you through this piece. It makes it easier for you to follow and understand the story.
Another picture showcasing movement in mythology of a demigod taking on second of the twelve labors. Marchetti has a great grasp of line, shapes, and color. These things create unity in this painting. He uses lots of organic shapes to help create Hercules who looks like he is the perfect example of a human. The lines that he manage to use all seem to move your eyes toward Hercules himself as he is about to get rid of the hydra once and for all.
In this painting we see Susano-o No Mikoto (brother of the sun goddess, Amaterasu) fighting off a sea serpent. There is so much going on in the beauty of this picture. Notice how he used lines and colors to create the movement of an raging river. He used colors to help our hero standout against the the darkness of the world that he helped create. The painting has a very yen/yang unity to it because of the actions that are happening. One of the best parts of this painting is the technique that he used to create the waters transparent look that hides the dragon looking serpent. There is much going on in this picture that makes it look so stunning and captivating.
We see the death of Adonis in this picture. Adonis was a human born from a tree in which his mother was turned into in order to avoid the wrath of the gods. He was a youth so beautiful that he became the lover of Aphrodite. In this picture we see Adonis being the point of focus as every character in this painting is looking at his lifeless body. We see Venus, Cupid, and the Three Graces mourning his death. The colors are extremely sober over his body. These colors seems to create a very dramatic, sad scene. To the left you notices that there is still light, even though there is a sad occasion occurring it stills say there is light at the end of the tunnel. Ruben's shapes are very organic and natural and give you a very Renaissance-esque feel.
This painting by La Fosse is showcasing the sacrifice of Iphigenia (daughter or Greek king Agamemnon, to the goddess Artemis. Iphigenia was a great warrior for her father not only that she was also a great hunter. It is said that she killed one of Artemis's sacred animals and was to die for what she had done. There always seems to be a sense of dread when dealing with the god. La Rosse manages to capture this with his colors to create a very sober feel. He used the human form with organic shapes to make the scene look believable. He makes the Artemis and Iphigenia stand out by the colors that are wearing to help them stand out. The movement in this piece is telling the story itself. You see Artemis talking to the scorned king about his daughter. You see Iphigenia reluctantly offering herself to appease the goddess. There is figure that we see that is mourning the entire situation with is head tucked into his hands. In the background you also see the sacred animal that she killed or possibly the one that replaced her instead of her being killed. We are not sure what he represents exactly. The eyes are drawn to the sacrificial dagger that was going to be used to kill Iphigenia. The lines have dedicated themselves to help objects in the foreground stand out from the background. This helped to create the dimensions and realism of the painting.
A sculpture of the demigod, Hercules. In this sculpture we see him attacking some unseen birds. The artist used a much more simplistic approach to creating this piece. Bourdelle used simpler shapes to create a human form and show action. The form is not as realistic as the renaissance era style statues. The shapes and form created an extremely dynamic movement in this piece. Hercules looks like he is about to come alive. He is prepared for action and already lined up to take the shot. The dynamics created in this sculpture make it like it is a living breathing piece of work.
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