More than Mortals

The idea of a man pushing for more, or doing some great heroic deed has always been close to my heart.  I chose paintings that showed a sort  of mythological nature, or heroic nature. In this gallery you will see artwork that instilled within me a sense of wonder or awe at the heroics, or adventures of soldiers and heroes of myth.

I chose Mars as the subject of my first work in order to set a sort of precipice. Mars was the god of war and served as an inspiration to several warriors. The painting uses complementary colors and shadows to illustrate its character.
I chose this diorama of a battle due to the unique nature it presented. When I was first looking at it I could not tell if it was a painting or a model. The background of course is painted and the colors are all a very cool hue. I was surprised at reading the description of the battle and found it to be very bloody indeed. That is contrasted here by the texture and colors used making it seem cool and smooth.
This picture, sketched by an artist going along a road after a battle hit me like something out of a movie. The repetition of the few colors used gives it almost an illusion of being a moving picture. To that end, my eyes almost seemed to move with it up the road before they settled on the mound of dead soldiers. The emphasis is clear, they won the battle but the price was high.
I love norse mythology. Thor was always a fun character to read about, especially with his temperament. This painting of Thor (read as Tor here) depicts him fighting the giants show him as all powerful. While giants are of course bigger than him he shown above them as he slays them. By making him taller it makes him appear more powerful.
I found this to be an interesting piece that fit into my theme of mythology and modern heroics for a two fold purpose. One being the heroic action taking place here and the other for the mythological existence of centaurs. This artwork was a mosaic found in an area once ruled by Rome. Its almost rough feeling gives it a prehistoric, primal look that matches the action taking place.
I was intrigued by this statue as it has two possible stories. It could either be Samson slaying a philistine, a story that is considered a heroic tale in the Bible, or it could be Cain killing Abel, one of the greatest evil acts committed. The artist himself apparently had a habit of making multiple viewpoints of his artwork which would coincide with the multiple stories this statue is telling. It is almost as if it is saying that there are two sides to every act.
Perseus is famous in mythology for killing the gorgon Medusa. I thought it interesting to find a painting about something in his story that came later. As he is holding the gorgon head up and thus turning the villains into stone I found it curious how the artist used a sort of light element to illustrate this. Perseus was a good man in the story and as is typical in this sort of painting he is associated with light and all that is being touched by the light in the painting is being effected by the gorgon head.
In Dante's Divine Comedy he uses words that are alien to describe Heaven. In this painting the artist uses obscure and bizarre designs in order to illustrate hell or hades. Orpheus who ventures into hades to find his love is a stranger in a strange land in this painting. The artist does a good job making the world look raw and scary.
I was entranced by Prometheus Bound before I even noticed the giant chained to the mountain. Upon further investigation I discovered that the artist was a landscape painter and so he made the giant's presence secondary to the landscape. A sort of clever move as the emphasis is on the giant mountains as appose to Prometheus.
The Tower of Babel makes a nice coda to the collection I have here as it represents mankind pushing to the stars. While it's ending is humorous and telling about how man should treat god's this artwork captures the beauty of what the tower must have been. The colors are not complementary and represent the chaos that must have descended onto the tower when they all began speaking different languages.
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