Greek Mythology

I tried to keep this gallery limited to one Mythological figure, but there are so many that are interesting. Take a look at how popular Greek mythological figures were represented through art over time. 

Zeus was the God of the sky and thunder. This is a statue of him upon the throne of gods on Mount Olympus, because he served as king of the gods. It is located in the temple of Zeus in Olympia.
This is a albumen silver print of the ancient greek temple dedicated to the God of Thunder himself. Built between 472 and 456 B.C. this temple still remains and has seen some much needed improvements.
This Water Jar has a painting of two distinct Gods, Poseidon God of the Ocean holds his trident and Dionysos God of Wine holds a drinking cup and vine both holding things representing their specialty.
This is a marble sculpture of Dionysos God of Wine. Sculptures at the center of rooms seemed too large at the time so this sculpture was placed perfectly laying down up against a corner of walls. Notice a similarity with the Zeus sculpture missing hands.
This is a statue of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Her left hand that is outward was originally supposed to be holding an offering of some sort. The positioning of her body, hips especially, represent her sexuality.
Another statue of The God of Thunder, Zeus, but this time he is holding a lightning bolt representing his specialty. There are more artworks based off of Zeus than any other ancient Greek God likely because of his popularity.
Hercules was a roman name given to the greek half god, half man Heracles who was the son of Zeus. Because of his unnatural way of coming up (being conceived by a mortal and a god) he was forced to live with man. This painting was a visual representation of him trying to prove himself worthy of his title as god.
Medusa, an evil Greek mythological figure said to be hideous and have snakes for hair is represented on a storage jar. Back in the time period this was created she was considered frightening and was used as a visual representation of evil in the world. On the storage jar you can see wings attached to her showing her beast-like side.
On this pot there is a painting of the Virgin Goddess of reason and daughter of Zeus, Athena, born unnaturally with no mother. The staff and shield represent how fierce and brave she was in battle. Women admire her because she represents strength amongst females.
This storage jar depicts some of the most crucial events of the most infamous greek war in history, the Trojan Wars. Following the sack of Troy, Aeneas is carrying his father out of the falling city while his mother, the Goddess Aphrodite protects them as they escape the city.
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