Shedding light on lighning - Valentin Moueza

This gallery includes representations of Zeus. Zeus was a sky god who had a thunderbolt as a weapon. We are going to study how his representations changed with time and with different medium. 

Here we have a representation of Zeus. He can be recognized by his beard. The medium is a silver statuette. This is a copy of an original statuette made during the 4th century B.C. At the time, it was common to sculpt representations of Gods nude. It was a way of showing realism in art. It is even more important when making representations of Gods, since they are believed to be real.
This representation of Zeus shows a lot of power. Zeus was known to be the King of Gods, his most known traits are anger and fury. It makes him a very powerful God and this sculpture represents very well that aspect of him. It portrays him ready to fight and he is holding his weapon: the Thunderbolt.
This representation was made a few centuries after the previous ones. We can still recognize him thanks to his beard, even though he doesn't have his thunderbolt. In this representation, we have another element that is commonly represented beside Zeus: the eagle. The eagle is known for his ability to fight and his very keen vision. It makes Zeus look even more powerful.
What I like about that representation is the medium. Zeus is represented on a piece of silver coin. It shows how important he was at the time. Everything on this coin makes him look determined and self assured. His neck looks straight which makes him look confident. People need to have trust in the value of the currency they use, which is why Zeus, the King of Gods, was represented on coins.
A lot of vases had representations of Gods drawn on them. This one represents Zeus fighting the Titans. It was a very important battle for it was the battle during which Zeus defeated his father, Cronus. The element that stands out on this vase is the color gold. Gold is a material that doesn't corrode, therefore, it was used to represent immortality and power.
In this representation of Zeus, he is named "Jupiter", which is the Roman name for Zeus. This sculpture looks a lot more recent and was created during the 17th century. This representation is a lot different from the other ones because it it was done more recently, however, we can still recognize Zeus thanks to his curly hair, his beard and his eagle. It is possible that the artist did not believe in Zeus, since the piece was made long after the time people believed in Zeus. This could explain why Zeus' posture doesn't look as impressive and mighty as it does in the older representations.
In this representation, Zeus is represented on a marble throne. Thrones are were kings sit, Zeus, being known as the king of Gods, was often represented on a throne. Marble is a material that represents stability, we have the expression "Heart of Marble", which is a quality that someone needs to have to be king.
This painting contains a lot of symbols that are used to represent Zeus, like the thunderbolt, the beard, the throne and the eagle. On this picture, Zeus is represented in the sky, surrounded by clouds. Zeus is supposed to be a sky God. There is a contrast of light between the top which is bright and the bottom that is very dark. Zeus looks like he's watching us from above the clouds.
This statuette represents Zeus raising his arm holding a thunderbolt like a sign of victory. Zeus looks triumphant from a battle. He's wearing ropes that have a texture that makes him look like they're moving as he walks. That statuette was made during the 17th century and it's noticeable by how conserved the statue is compared to most representations.
This is a representation of Jupiter (Zeus) that has a lot of the common symbols used to represent him. The beard, the eagle and the thunderbolt are all there. However, there is a symbol represented along with Zeus that we haven't seen as much as the other ones: the lamb. The cult is that believers made sacrifices to honor Jupiter. These sacrifices had to be a white animal, which is why, is was often a lamb.
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