Dodekatheon (Fabio Filos)

This gallery focuses on the representation of gods and goddesses in greek mythology. More specifically, the Twelve Olympians, the major deities of the greek pantheon. It is said that these deities reside at the top of the mythical Mount Olympus, and gained their supremacy in a war of gods in which Zeus led his siblings to victory over the Titans.

Zeus, thunderbearer, Unknown, -470/-460, From the collection of: Altes Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
This votive statuette represents Zeus, the god of the sky and thunder, who ruled as King of the gods of Mount Olympus. He is portrayed in an energetic stance or motion with thunder in his hand, as if he was about to unleash his power. Greeks made works of males naked to showcase their masculinity and athletic ability.
Prize Vessel from the Athenian Games, 340 - 339 B.C., From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This prize amphora from the Panathenaic games showcases Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war. She is also described as a wise companion of heroes and the patron goddess of heroic endeavor. In this scene, the goddess of war is depicted in an archaic or antiquated style, armed and walking between pillars, holding what could be her aegis shield.
Apollo, John Cheere, 1755 -, From the collection of: National Palace of Queluz
This freestanding tridimensional sculpture represents Apollo, one of the most important Olympian deities in Greek mythology. He is recognized as the god of music, truth and prophecy. He is portrayed in a gracious stance with one leg bent and the other one relaxed. This statue demonstrates the full on detail of Apollo standing tall as an immortal being.
Statuette of Aphrodite Leaning on a Pillar, Unknown, 250–200 B.C., From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This famous statuette represents Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. In this figurine, she is shown leaning on a pillar in a very relaxed pose, with what seems to be a crown of flowers on her head. She is portrayed half naked to emphasize her sensuality.
Main View, front, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This herm is the representation of Hermes, the god of transitions and boundaries and the second youngest of the Olympian gods. He is represented with his head on top of a pillar in a very antiquated style, judging by his beard and hairstyle, typical of the archaic period of time.
Statue of Dionysus, Unknown, Roman period, 2nd century CE, From the collection of: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
This statue is the depiction of Dionysus, the god of grape harvest, wine, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy. Wine played an important role in Greek culture with Dionysus being an important reason for this life style. He is portrayed in this sculpture as a boyish and sensual deity, with his face and genitalia ruined in an attempt to counteract its godly power.
Head of Poseidon / Antigonos Doson, Greek, 227–221 BC, From the collection of: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
This fine bronze sculpture is the head of Poseidon, the god of the sea. He is also often referred to as the “Earth-Shaker” or “Tamer of horses”. He is usually depicted as an older male with curly hair and beard as in this sculpture. Its faded color and lack of eyes give the piece a darker and distant feel.
Artemis, unknown, 115 BC - 100 BC, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
This statue represents Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth and virginity, and one of the most venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. She is highly adored by the women of Greece, as she is the protector of young women. This is clearly epitomized in the statue by the female child resting beneath Artemis arms.
Bronze greave, unknown artist, 0200/0300, From the collection of: Benaki Museum of Greek Civilization
This bronze greave represents Ares, the god of war. He is often represented as the violent and untamed aspect of war, while his sister Athena, represents the generalship and military strategy. This piece showcases an armored Ares holding what seems to be a spear, next to the statue of a naked Aphrodite.
Persephone, Marshall M. Fredericks, 1988, From the collection of: Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
This bronze sculpture is the representation of Persephone, the goddess queen of the underworld. The way she is depicted in this statue, in what seems to be the desperate pose she held the moment she was being kidnapped, represents the tale of her abduction by Hades, the god of the underworld, into his domain.
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