THE MOVEMENT OF THE MYTHS

Throughout history, humans have been fascinated my Mythological creatures, and that is reflected in our art. Everyone from the Egyptians to Raphael  have painted them along side other earthly beings. What I am focusing on is the movement that is painted/sculpted into their forms. No one has ever seen how these beings move or behave, but though these pieces of art, we can create our own reality around them. 

In this first image, there is a lot going on. We see the goddess Venus in the middle riding a top sea serpents, with Poseidon besides her on three hippocampi. This painting is a brilliant example of motion because living thing is thrashing and reaching toward Venus.
In this painting, we see Erin chained to a boulder in the middle of the sea. Although Erin herself isn’t Mythical, her harp is. The waves in this painting seem to be frozen mid crash against the rocks. Looking at it you can almost hear the sound of it. We can tell the wind is blowing by her hair. In total, just at a quick glance we can feel the movement of the scene.
Here we see two Nymphs harvesting fruit from a branch. We can see their arms reaching towards the branch and to the basket, implying their intentions. Another clear sign of movement is the way the cloth that is wrapped around them is flowing.
Here we have Centaurs. More specifically, centaurs that are locked in battle. Many things in this painting indicate movement such as the smoke in the sky, the cloth on the clothes and the overall body positions everyone is engages in.
In this painting, we have three cherubs flying around three figures. One of which is the god Anacreon. The movement here is made obvious but the cherubs dropping things overhead. We see one’s hand open with things frozen in the air on their way down to the ground below.
Here we have a Centaur seemingly exacting revenge on the animals that attacked and killed another Centaur. Every living creature here is in motion buy the way their bodies are positioned. They are poised and ready to fight, almost as if they were frozen mid attack.
In Ulysses and the Sirens, you guessed it, we see Ulysses and seven sirens around him. He has been ties to the mast of his ship while the sirens threaten him and attack his crew. We can see by the way the siren’s wings are positioned and their position in the sky that they are suspended mid flight.
This piece is different than the rest as it is an Egyptian statue. It is the god Thot in the form of an Ibis. This statue uses a common form of movement found in Egyptian art which is it placing one foot in front of the other to mimic a walking stance.
This piece is different in a few ways. First off, it is a vase instead of a painting, but more importantly, it is from eastern China rather than the other western, European pieces. It depicts a dragon mid flight. His boys is curling and contorting as he flies, giving an almost snake like movement.
In this final painting, there are cherubs and an mermaid at the bottom all surrounding the woman in the center. We can infer movement in the image by the way her dress/robe(?) is blowing in the wind.
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