This gallery will display some of the great Greek gods and heroes whose stories continue to shape the ever-changing landscape of storytelling today. They live on through the amazing art of the time from paintings to amorphas.
This first statue is a of Apollo the god of light and truth. He is the son of Zeus and Leto and is Artemis’ twin. He is often depicted holding or playing a golden lyre. He is the god who gave medicine to man and was responsible for pulling the sun across the sky on his chariot.
The statue shows Apollo holding his lyre and has a nice special perspective; everything is very close together nothing is spread out. Even his arm which is pushed out is turned and coming close to his chest.
This painting is of Perseus a son of Zeus and Danae. He is known for going on the journey to bring the head of Medusa to Polydectes as a wedding present. He married Andromeda and turned the Titan Atlas to stone. This painting is from Perseus’ wedding to Andromeda Phineus went to stop the wedding but after a battle Perseus froze Phineus and his men with Medusas head. The painting uses a lot of diagonals to display the action of all the men in the painting. Whether it be someone jumping forward for battle or falling back.
This statue is of Saturn eating one of his children. At first Saturn was known as Cronus a Titan. He castrated his father Uranus and became the ruling Titan. His wife Is Rhea and their children were the first of the Olympians but whenever they would have a child Cronus would eat them so he could continue to rule. Finally Rhea tricked him into eating a rock and Zeus was born. He banished Cronus and the rest of the Titans to Tartarus until finally Cronus escaped to Italy where he changed his name to Saturn and ruled. The color of the statue is very dark which fits well with the emotions it should evoke. The lines running throughout it are incredibly clear you can clearly tell the child from Saturn.
This painting is one of Hercules the strongest man to ever live. He is the last mortal son of Zeus and became a god upon death. The Romans see him as a god but in Greek Mythology he was a bastard of Zeus’ and not highly intelligent, although he was very honorable. The painting is of Hercules resting after he defeated the Hydra one of the many monsters he is said to have beaten. The focus of the painting is on Hercules everything other then him is smaller and beneath him or covered by part of him.
This Amorpha is of Achilles and Ajax during the Trojan War, it is them playing a game of dice. The Greeks would look at this and see that after their game they both died, Achilles in war and Ajax through suicide. The artwork is a way to remember them. There is a very good balance to the work with these two legends sat across from one another and the woman in the center splitting them.
This Amorpha is of Hercules the strongest man to ever live. He is the last mortal son of Zeus and became a god upon death. The Romans see him as a god but in Greek Mythology he was a bastard of Zeus’ and not highly intelligent, although he was very honorable. In this he is fighting the Triton it is made to remember what would’ve been considered a great battle. The movement comes from the way their body’s are positioned to look like they are in the middle of fighting one another.
This statue is one of Zeus the god of the sky and the ruler of the Olympian gods. He is the son of Cronus, and brothers with Posiden and Hades. The greeks thought he was responsible for everything that happened in the sky they saw him as the father of gods and men. The statue shows him sitting on his throne it is a forty-foot tall statue that sits in the temple of Zeus at Olympia. The statue spent a long time submerged in the sea, which is why it is damaged. The proportion of it is the fact that if you stood in front of it you would be like nothing next to it making it seem like the king of gods was in front of you.
This is a statue of Mercury in Greek Mythology he is known as Hermes the son of Zeus and Maia. He is the god of Commerce; he was the link between mortals and Olympians bringing messages back and forth. The statue depicts Hermes stretching his arm out and holding his staff in his other hand. His foot displays that he is meant to be landing after flying from somewhere which is the movement of the statue.
This statue is one of Venus or Aphrodite in Greek. She was the goddess of love, there are multiple different accounts of her birth. She was married to Hephaestus. Cupid is the other god in the statue (Eros in Greek) he is the god of love son of Aphrodite. This statue shows a mother and son standing together. The statue has contrast coming from the details in the hair of both to the complete smoothness of their bodies.
This final statue is a Bust of the god Bacchus (Dionysus in Greek) he was the god of Fertility and wine. He created wine and gave it to the world. He could be very kind but he could also be incredibly angry. The bust also has contrast from the hair to the face but the face is not smooth. There once was a full body to accompany the head but this is all that remains.
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