light & Darkness colors of Greek/Roman Mythology-Angela Mireles

This gallery shows the color value hues in paintings of Greek mythology. The light and darkness that artists use in their paintings to reflect what story they are trying to get through in their own point of view and who is the focus on. It also sets off the mood of the story that the artist is trying to tell to make the viewer feel. 

This shows how Icarus fell to his death after the sun melted the wings his father made out of wax. You can see the light from the sun reflected in the back on the cliff and a bit on the water hinting what happened while in the bottom it is shadowed as the nymphs around him mourn.
The painting shows a pregnant Coronis after Artemis struck her with her arrows for committing adultery while pregnant with Apollo's son. The light is focused on Coronis while she lies dying and in the shadows beside her you can see Apollo bent over grabbing for something on the ground most likely herbs. The darkened trees and grass show the horror Coronis must have felt for herself and her unborn child and the regret Apollo felt later.
The subject is Andromeda on the cliff being sacrificed to the sea monster after her mother Cassiopeia said she was more beautiful than the nereids and Hera. Perseus passing by then saves Andromeda. Perseus and Pegasus can be seen in the sky like a beacon of light for Andromeda since they are glowing. Andromeda is covered in the shadow of the monster which gives off the illusion of her not knowing what is happening and what her fate is.
The subject is Zeus disguised as the bull kidnapping the Princess Europa across the river to hide her away from Hera as he seduces her. The light is focused on Europa and Zeus as he carries her on his back as Europa looks back at her companions who look hopeless and at a loss on what to do. Behind them in the shadows you can see some men looking horrified. It gives off the mood of helplessness as they watch their princess being taken from in front of their eyes.
In Death of Adonis after seeing and attacking a boar Adonis got wounded by it and lay dying before Aphrodite got to him. In the light you can Aphrodite and other gods watch sadly as Adonis lays not to far from them in the shadows alone giving off the feeling of death and mourning
The subject is Hercules in Omphale's bed asleep after they had switched clothes for fun for one night when a faun comes into Omphale's room. Hercules being in Omphale's bed wakes up and kicks the faun off. The light is focused on the faun as Hercules kicks him out of the bed and in the shadows you see other people looking on wondering what was happening.
The subject is the death of Orpheus where a Thracian girl holds the decapitated head of Orpheus with his lyre beneath it after some Maenads ripped him apart for not worshiping the god Dionysus. The light focuses on the girl and Orpheus' head and in the shadows behind them you can see the Maenads on the cliff.
The subject is that Phineus who was engaged to Andromeda attacked Perseus with some of his followers at Perseus' wedding celebration. Perseus took out the head of Medusa and showed it to Phineus. In the shadows you see the men fall, one even uses a shield to cover himself up. The focus is on Perseus and Phineus as the head of Medusa is revealed.
The subject is Mars and Venus in a lover's embrace as Vulcan Venus' husband catches them together in an adultery affair. The lover's hide in the shadows not wanting anyone to know about their affair and yet Vulcan also hidden in shadow catches then. Above them in a ray of light you see other gods looking down in the shadows at the caught lovers.
The subject in Venus and Adonis is the love that was between the two lovers as they talked. You can see Cupid or Eros behind Venus and some dogs which suggests that they were mostly likely hunting before. The light is focused on the two lovers while everything around them is in shadows almost like the artist is trying to convey the fact that the lovers are in their own little world.
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