Olympus has remained - Ahmad Merhi

This collection contains some of the best oil paintings depicting mythological Greek figures and stories of Gods, Demigods, and Saints. The paintings span a wide range of time but are all painted in a classical style that accurately portray anatomy, as the Greeks are famous for. As you will see, even though these paintings are far apart on the timeline, they are all similar in the tones and style of painting used.

This painting depicts the moment that Achilles turns his sword on King Agamemnon, after he refused to free his female servant Chryseis back to her father, and instead offered Achilles lover Briseis. This painting uses rich tan tones, and uses desaturated reds and blues to contrast the environment and make the characters stand out.
This painting shows part of the story of Ulysses, in The Odyssey. In this painting, Ulysses is tied to the mast of his ship, which he requested his crew to do in order to prevent him from steering the ship off course. The crew fought the temptations of the sirens by filling their ears with wax so block out their enchanting song. The composition of this painting says plenty about the tale, and depicts the sirens as winged creatures, sometimes referred to as harpies.
This painting is a very famous painting who’s origins are constantly debated. Many think that this depicts a poem, while others argue it is from a hymn published in Florence. In this painting there are multiple Gods shown including Venus, Zephyr, one of the Horae, and a nymph. The seashell is meant to symbolize the female genitalia, birthing Venus. The soft shading of the scene presents a serene and peaceful mood to the painting.
This painting shows Virgin Mary ascending and being received into heaven. Directly behind her are angels accepting her and there are Apostles looking on from underneath. The painting is split up into two areas, earth and heaven and that is clearly separated in the composition. This painting was a commission for the church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo.
This painting depicts the horrific scene of Livinus being tortured. The story has Livinus's tongue ripped out, and as is present in the painting, his tongue is being held in tongs and fed to a dog in the lower center of the painting. The dark hues of the storm clouds and attire that the attackers are wearing contrast nicely with the white robe that Livinus is wearing.
This painting shows the rite of worship for the Goddess Venus. Nymphs as well as an abundance of cupids, or children surround her. This is actually a copy of the original Worship of Venus painted by artist Titian. The statue that stands above all the characters in the composition represents Venus.
In this painting Bacchus, the God of wine is shown with all of his followers at the right of the picture. He is leaping out of his chariot towards Ariadne, because he has fallen in love with her on the spot. Ariadne is at first scared of Bacchus but later accepts him. This painting has more saturation than most of the other Greek depictions we have seen, especially in the green and blues.
This painting was also known by the title of The Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite. There are multiple renditions of this scene all with different compositions, some by Frans Francken and some by other artists. The muted grays and dark greens/blues in the ocean give it a dark cold feeling even though all of the characters are shown relaxing in each other's company.
This painting was made a s a challenge to Nicolai Abildgaard to depict pain and not much else. The story of Philoctetes starts with him on his way to the siege of Troy when he was bitten on the foot by a snake. This painting uses body language to communicate the pain that he is in. The anatomy is spectacular and the rendering of skin and muscle shows great understanding of the body.
Yet another painting by Peter Paul Rubens, this shows the centaur Chiron, a famous teacher, with Achilles mother who is requesting for him to raise and teach her son. On the ground in front of them is a pile of items such as a lyre, bow and arrow and more symbolizing the things that Chiron will teach achilles. The painting is a very light scene, with not many blacks and light beige tones to raise the mood of the overall picture.
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