An Odyssey Into The Themes In Mythological Works - (Courtney Poston)

This presentation will discuss and analyze various elements within a select number of pieces of art inspired by mythology. These pieces will be organized into categories for better and easier understanding. Elements included are line, color, emphasis, and movement, and more. The works in this gallery give a small insight into the tales behind famous Roman and Greek mythological figures and events. Gallery collection created by Courtney Poston.

In this painting, a girl is keeping Eros, the God of Love, away so that she will not be shot by his arrow. As she pushes him as far away as her arms can reach, baby Eros attempts to implant the love arrow in her skin. This image uses the elements of line, color, and movement. Lines are used softly in order to allow the people and objects round them appear in a realistic way. Color, including shadows, helps depict the landscape behind them, and the cloth in the girl's lap. The movement in this picture is the insinuated motion of the girl and Eros.
This painting represents the tale of Psyche and adult Eros. Psyche's father consults the Oracle of Apollo with concern to Psyche's future. He is told that Psyche's prophecy future is to marry a "monster", which displeases them. Meanwhile, Eros, her future husband, spies on the scene curiously. Line and color are used to give detail to the characters in the painting, and emphasis draws the viewer's eye towards Psyche and her parents.
In this representation, Eros, also named Cupid, can be seen in his bed chambers with his wife, Psyche, who wishes to see her husband's face, but cannot. Cupid hides his identity in order to keep Psyche safe from being discovered by Aphrodite, since she ordered Psyche's death. This picture uses color and shadows to give emphasis to the emotions represented in this story. You can easily imagine the movement, as Cupid jumps back from Psyche when she tries to view his face.
This image personifies the mythological figure, Pandora, as she goes against warning and opens the forbidden box. The contents of the box pours out uncontrollably, which lets out all evil things that are in the world today. This sketch shows the movement associated with Pandora's actions. Colors of various shades of black and gray and lines make the details needed in this image.
In this portrait, the characters Oedipus and Antigone appear in the focal point. Due to a family disagreement, Oedipus is taking Antigone to a personal prison, where she will eventually demise. Antigone, knowing her fate, does not seem to fight for her life, leaving her with a solemn facial expression. Color aids with bringing emphasis to the two people, as they are seen peering out of the shaded backdrop.
This image, with its vibrate and appealing colors, lay focus on the God Mars and the God Neptune, located on the lower section of the picture. Simultaneously, two winged infants fly over them, giving the Gods specialized aid. Neptune, the God of the Sea, receives a shell, while the God of War, Mars, obtains a helmet. Movement of the figures handling and accepting the gifts is shown in the image.
This landscape painting shows what a temple after it became ruins appeared as. Formerly a Roman temple, this image shows the approximate scale between these massive structures and a regular human's size, as the building's remains towers over villagers. It shows an emphasis on the pure size of the buildings. Colors and lines help define these elements.
This portrait depicts the Princess Danae and her infant son, Perseus, packed in a trunk, while afloat in the ocean. After learning of the future events where Perseus will kill Danae's father, the king locks her up and eventually sends her to her death at sea. Thanks to the help of the Gods, Danae and her son survived. This picture brings emphasis to Danae and Perseus through line and shaded color.
Shown here, is the birth of the Goddess Venus, or Aphrodite, where it was foretold that she became about from the foam produced by the sea. Venus is depicted as laying across the water and foam and surrounded by winged-creatures, possibly angels. Movement is present by the motion of the sea water and that of the angels flying in the air. Color is emphasized to show the difference between the water, sky, Venus, and the angels.
This illustration displays the Goddess Venus, also known as the Goddess Aphrodite, resting, possibly in a comfortable or luxurious bed. Seemingly unfinished, this drawing leaves the viewer's imagination to decide the surroundings of the scene. Using mostly dark lines, the artist gives the emphasis to Venus through color (black shading) and various line work.
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