The OlymPians -  Steve Hays

Greek and Roman Mythology has captured the imaginations of people for hundreds of generations.  The Olympians were the supreme Gods who ruled from atop Mount Olympus.  While there were many Gods, there were only 12 Olympians, lead by Zeus ( or Juputer in Roman mythology).  Here, we will cover 10 of them.

Zeus was King of the Gods and Ruler of Olympus. Known by the Romans as Jupiter, he was God of the Sky. This sculpture was made of marble and bronzed plaster. Created near the end of the first century by an unknown Roman sculptor. In the Flavian style, the sculpture is very detailed, even showing emotions. The State Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg. Photo by Vladimir Terebenin.
Hera was Queen of the Gods. Known as Juno to the Romans, she was Goddess of marriage and family. This sculpture was created from marble in 1776 by English sculptor Joseph Nollekens.
Poseidon was God of the Seas. He is brother to Zeus and Hades. Known to the Romans as Neptune, his most notable symbol is the trident. Formed from lead, British sculptor John Cheere created this for the National Palace of Queluz in 1755.
Hades is the God of the Underworld. He is brother to Zeus and Poseidon. Since he God of the underworld, he is not always represented as an Olympian. Known to the Romans as Pluto, this sculpture depicts the kidnapping of the Goddess Proserpina. This is another lead scuplture British sculptor John Cheere. This was in the second commission for the National Palace of Queluz in 1756.
Demeter is the Goddess of fertility and agriculture. Known to the Romans as Ceres. Created 350 BC-330BC from marble by an unknown artist from the Hellenistic period.
Athena, Goddess of War and Wisdom. Known to the Romans as Minerva, she is the daughter of Zeus. Sculpted from marble in 1775 by Joseph Nollekens.
Apollo is the Greek God of Music and Poetry. Known to the Romans as Apollo as well, his most notable symbol is the lyre. He is the son of Zeus and the twin brother of Artemis. Sculpted from terracotta around 300 BC by an unknown artist.
Artemis is the Goddess of the Hunt. She is the daughter of Zeus and twin sister of Apollo. She is known by the Romans as Diana. Formed from lead in 1755 by British sculptor John Cheere for the National Palace of Queluz
Ares is the God of war, violence, and bloodshed. Known to the Romans as Mars. Here he is depicted with Aphrodite during their notorious love affair. Sculpted from Marble, 1817-1822, by Antonio Canova. Canova carved the statue from a single piece of marble. He was able to capture to softness of their skin on the perfectly shaped bodies.
Hermes is the messenger of the Gods and the son of Zeus. Known to the Romans as Mercury, his most recognizable symbols include his winged cap and sandals. The sculpture, created in 1818 by Bertel Thorvaldsen, depicts the moment Hermes was preparing to kill Argus in an effort to rescue a priestess he held hostage.
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