Mythical or Modern - Raymond Manning

The overall theme of this gallery is any piece depicting a god or mythical being with the inclusion of texture or patterns. The usage of symbolic gods, creatures, deities, or religious figures is a common theme in art from a variety of period and cultures. These are my choices of mythical or modern pieces.

The piece by Francesco Mazzola is an etching of what is one of the most widely known scenes of the time the burial of christ. The textures created by the light etching define this piece with shadows. The textures of the clothing of each subject is really accented thanks to the etching.
Another depiction of the same scene of christ’s burial but this time Mazzola is painting using a darkened theme over a wood canvas using oil. The opposite color scheme of his last painting this rustic and also tattered texture to this painting is very prominent. The darker palette is also more eye catching and gives a deeper tone to the overall painting.
This painting of the Saint Michael’s upper body is an oil on canvas piece that using amazing work of minute color differences and shading to add texture to the subject, adding an aspect of realism to the painting. The use of shadows also adds an overall darkness to the painting and creates a more dramatic atmosphere.
In this print we see an ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes, trapped in his study with his books and what appears to be a chicken. There is a monochrome-like tone to this portrait and the dark flowing shading throughout the print create a fantasy like flow. The horizontal lines used for shading each object create a mystical feeling to the depiction of this man.
In this painting we see the Norse god Thor striking his hammer down against the jotnar or what was known giants in Norse mythology. The physical texture of the painting seems deteriorated which is typical of most of these paintings. Textures in the wings of each subject in the painting as well as the goats are impressive.
This piece is from a poem book by Thomas Grey and in it is shown the Norse god Odin has descended into what is considered hell. The stroke of this painting adds texture as well as shading to each subject. The absence of paint also adds another texture to this piece and makes it unique in my eye.
Another piece by the same Thomas Grey in his poem book, this painting is in the same watercolor fashion as the last and uses the same strokes to add texture and shading to each portion of the painting. The same character in this painting it’s Odin and his stead descending into hell and running across what is referred to as a dog of darkness.
This painting is of Antaeus, a Greek figure in mythology that plays a pivotal role in a defining epic poem at the time Dante’s Inferno. The painting is actually showing Dante’s descent into the circle of treachery, the final circle of hell. Another use of watercolor in this painting adds surprising light textures and an overall light theme. The flowing textures from the top right to the bottom support the descent of Dante and Virgil.
This title of Destroying Deity is enough to attract me to this painting and it is unconfirmed what exactly has been expressed in this piece which leave room for interpretation. The shadows underneath the deity add a darker texture to the painting and perhaps lead to a darker location. The intricate detail and texture in the wings of the beast also catch the viewer's eye.
This painting of the virgin mother Mary and child Jesus Christ. The textures of each subject in the painting are very precise and create shadows that fit well with the overall dark theme. The individual stars in the sky shown in the background also add texture to the painting and give good scenery to the painting.
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