Same Gods, Different Names

This is an album dedicated to the Mighty Greek Gods of Mount Olympus. It also shows their Roman counterparts. Zeus (Jupiter), Poseidon (Neptune), and Hades (Pluto) are our main focus in this gallery. Both painting and statues will be examined in this gallery. 

In this painting by Nicolas Poussin The Roman God Jupiter is shown as an infant suckling fresh goat's milk. The innocence and vulnerability of the god Jupiter is easily seen in the way the painter emphasizes him drinking the goat's milk and being pampered. The artist also does an excellent job using balance to equally distribute the subjects.
In this classic Greek depiction of Zeus one can see the excellent use of proportion, the way the whole body is uniform in size and shape. The artist also uses symmetrical balance with the shape of the head and body. Even though the statue is broken there is still a sense of unity amongst the piece.
In this statue of the Roman God Jupiter, one can clearly see the power and influence he has. The artist emphasizes his power by showing off Jupiter's muscles. This is a different feel than the previous greek version. The proportion the artist uses for Jupiter's head and body also work to complete the unity of the statue.
The painting Poseidon and Amphitrite shows Poseidon regally sailing across the sea. The artist uses Poseidon's purple cloak to emphasize his power and importance. The artist uses vibrant colors with a darker value. The artist also uses texture to bring out the foam of the ocean and give a sense that one is there with the King of the sea.
The artist uses asymmetrical balance in the piece to balance painting. He also uses the gold pedestal to emphasize the power of Poseidon. The artist also uses lines to show depth in the painting, the way the clouds and ripples in the water show the depth in this painting.
The artist Franz Francken II uses the Gold pedestal and purple cloth to emphasize the power and influence of the Roman God Neptune. Francken also uses darker valued bright colors in this piece. Francken uses movement in lines of people and animals moving away from Poseidon.
In Gossaert's Neptune and Amphitrite he uses asymmetrical balance in this piece. He also makes a good uses of proportion when comparing head to body on both models; but also when comparing Neptune to Amphitrite. Gossaert also uses line to show depth in this piece, making this painting complete with a sense of unity.
Bernini's Neptune with Dolphin is a perfect example of a classic Roman Statue. Bernini emphasizes Neptunes muscles to show his power and authority. The artist uses symmetrical balance with Neptune's body and also with the shape of his head. The artist also makes a good uses of proportion when comparing the head to the body.
The Statue of Pluto abducting Proserpina makes a good use of asymmetrical balance in this statue. He also makes a good use of proportion when comparing the head to the body, but also when comparing the other characters to Pluto. He also makes a good use of movement when following the lines and edges of the characters.
Gherardi makes good use of color in this piece, even though the value of the colors is dark. Pluto is seen here with his Cerberus, and the symmetrical balance in the three headed dog. The artist also uses space to provide a sense of depth. Gherardi also uses proportion to create a sene of unity in the piece.
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