Ruler Of The Ocean - (Taylor Gaydos)

This purpose of this gallery is to show how different artists represented the Greek god Poseidon, and his Roman counterpart Neptune, in different art styles.

"Venice and Neptune" by Gianbattista Tiepolo depicts Neptune and Venice sitting by each other. Venice wears expensive clothing and jewelry. Neptune looks up to her and attempts to impress Venice with his wealth by showing her his collection of coins and jewelry. In this painting Neptune is depicted with a long beard that is beginning to gray, along with a muscular body that contrasts with his older complexion.
"Neptune" by Hendrik Goltzius depicts Neptune standing underneath a stone arch. A sash is draped across his waist and billows behind him. Above him at the top of the arch are two angels holding a laurel wreath above his head. Neptune is depicted with a muscular body, and his face is framed with long hair and a beard. In his hand is symbol, a trident.
"Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto" by Simone Cantarini shows the three Gods offering their crowns. Pluto stands on his chariot in the bottom left, Jupiter is in the sky surrounded by clouds and large birds, and Neptune at the bottom right on a half shell pulled by horses in the sea. Neptune is depicted with long hair and beard and muscular body. In his hand he holds his symbol of the trident.
"Neptune with Two Horses on the Sea" by Cornelis Schut I depicts Neptune sits atop a horse with the bottom half of its body depicted with a fish tail. Above him are several angels flying in the sky. To the left of Neptune are two water nymphs, one which is presumed to be his wife Amphitrite. Neptune is depicted with and unruly beard and hair. In his hand he holds his trident. In this particular piece, while Neptune still is depicted as muscular, he his lacking in certain muscles that he is usually depicted with.
"Poseidon and Amphitrite" by Rupert Bunny shows Poseidon and his wife Amphitrite above the surface of the water. Poseidon sits upon a horse covered with scales and a fish tail. He is draped in a purple cloak and holds his trident. His wife Amphitrite sits on a half shell which is carried above the surface by several men. Neptune is draped in purple as a symbol of his high status, and carries his trident. Not much of his body is shown due to the cloak. His hair is shorter, well kept, and is a darker brown color.
"The Voyage of the Cardinal Infante Ferdinand of Spain from Barcelona to Genoa in April 1633, with Neptune Calming the Tempest" by Peter Paul Rubens depicts Neptune riding his chariot pulled by horses through rough waves. Behind him are several ships and a sky filled with storm clouds. In this piece, Neptune is shown as an old man, with a long white beard and hair. His body is covered in muscles despite his hunched back and wrinkles from his old age. In his hand he grips his trident.
"The Birth of Venus" by Nicolas Poussin shows several figures clustered together, both male and female, for a celebration. Above the group, several angels fly around and drop flower petals on the group. At the bottom left, Neptune is depicted riding on the backs of several horses. His body is lean and muscular, the only thing giving away his age is his gray hair and beard. In one hand he holds the reins of the horses, and in the other he holds his trident.
"Brith of Venus" by Giorgio Vasari shows Venus in the center of the painting standing on a half shell surrounded by other define who are admiring her. Several of the mythical creatures surrounding her are offering her treasure such as pearls and shells. Neptune is depicted on the right side of the painting. He is standing upon two sea-horses and has the reins in his right hand and his triton in his left hand. His body is strong and muscular, but his face seems aged with wrinkles and gray hair. His beard and head hair is cut short, but is heavy and wind blown.
"Neptune and the Pillars of Hercules" by Willem Basse depicts Neptune riding atop a whale looking behind him at the Pillars of Hercules. Behind him is a fleet of ships which he is pulling behind him. On either side of him are two people blowing into counch shells. Neptune is depicted with a long beard and curly hair and a small crown atop his head. In his left hand he holds his trident, and in his right hand he pulls the fleet of ships. His body his muscular and gives him a youthful look despite his long beard.
"Neptune and Amphitrite" by Frans Francken II depicts the wedding of Neptune and Amphitrite. Neptune and Amphitrite sit upon a chariot that is being pulled by several horses. They are surrounded by many other mythical creatures such as Nereids, or sea nymphs. In this painting, Neptune is depicted with a more youthful complexion, along with long hair and beard. Neptune is depicted as muscular and is holding his classic symbol of a trident.
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