Myths that Move You - Zack Ballou

This gallery shows the relationship between mythology and the visual theme of movement. Various mediums show Greek, Roman, and Italian mythological people and creatures and their portrayal of movement. Art for mythology is made to capture a single moment in the stories but the stillness of the moments shows movement.

The subject of this vase is a man wrestling a ferocious animal while a soldier watches. This reflects the theme of mythology by how it is portrayed. Stories of gods and heroes were painted on vases. The man is being portrayed as a mythological hero. Movement is an element because, though the image is still, one can see the struggle between him and the beast as it’s being wrestled. The movement is shown through the body language.
In this work the subjects are women or nymphs doing various things such as sitting, reaching for fruit as vases sit at the base of the trees. This piece relates to mythology because the clothing that the women are wearing appear to be what nymphs wore so it leads people to believe they aren’t just women, but there is a story that is being told. The movement in the scene is by the two who are reaching for the fruit. The way their outfits are paints really show movement through the fabric.
Proserpina, Pluto, and a second woman are the subjects of this piece. Pluto is the Roman equivalent of Hades in Greek mythology and he is abducting Proserpina to the underworld, which is why it relates to this galleries theme of mythology. Most of the movement shown in this piece is by Proserpina as she flails her body to get out of Pluto’s grasp.
This sculpture is three men fighting off a serpent. The two smaller men appear to be terrified while the serpent is curled around them while the biggest man in the middle is fighting back with a hint of desperation in his face. This has to do with mythology because this man is depicted in a heroic stance but the facial expression hints too it being a tragedy. The movement is shown in various ways like the muscles, the curves in the serpent make it appear as though it’s still trying to constrict these people, and the body language of the people trying to pull it off of them.
The subject for this sculpture is Boreas taking a woman while a third winged person is lying on the ground. This related to mythology because Boreas is the god of the north wind. Him being god of the wind is what shows most of the movement in this sculpture because, not only are his cheeks puffed out looking like he’s blowing out wind, but their hair is blowing in the wind as the woman desperately waves her arms around.
The subject of this sculpture is Diana standing and inspecting one of her arrows. She relates to the theme of mythology because she’s the goddess of the moon, the hunt, and childbirth. She’s the Italian equivalent of Artemis. Not much movement is depicted in this sculpture but there is still slight movement that is seen within it that speaks about the nature of this goddess. One can see her eyes moving, scanning the arrow to see if there are any flaws in it as her hand very gently holds onto it.
This painting has many subjects to look at but the main subject is the centaur holding the rock over his head to strike the tiger that killed the female centaur. This relates to mythology because centaurs are creatures of Greek mythology. The movement is shown through the body language of the living animals and centaur. It shows the movement as the centaur brings the rock down on the tiger to avenge the female.
In this piece there is so much going on and so many people that it’s difficult to pick out a single subject in it but the two angles that are in the middle (the one writing and the one pulling the drape) are the ones that draw the most attention. This goes with the theme mythology because of the angles and the sculptures that are painted in are Greek mythological stories. There is a lot of movement in this piece that are being represented by the smoke, fabrics, and body language.
The subject of this piece is Andromeda playing with an angel. This works fits in the mythology theme of this gallery because in the myth of Andromeda, her mother boasts that she is more beautiful than goddesses and is stripped and chained to be fed to the kraken for it. This depicts that moment of her being chained up and an angel messing with her chains with a torch. This shows a lot of movement because one can see the angel using the torch to fiddle with her chains. The background shows the waves crashing which adds to movement along with fabric in the foreground flapping in the wind.
The main subject of this painting is Venus, standing between a woman on the right who is trying to cover her with fabric while two angels on the left are blowing the keep the cloth off of her. This goes with mythology because Venus is a goddess whose beauty has, to this day, been argued by scholars and historians. The movement is shown in this by the lines of air that’s being blown from the angels, causing flowers to drift towards her while her hair and the cloth are being blown. There are also lines in the water showing the movement of the water.
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