The Duality of Myth - Jared Jensen

Most, if not all of ancient mythology is based on the idea of good versus evil; light versus dark. This gallery showcases the contrast between these warring elements as depicted in mythology from various cultures and time periods. While specific symbols and figures will certainly vary from one culture to the next, this theme of spiritual duality is a universal, timeless one.

This painting depicts the Norse god, Thor, attacking multiple giants using his legendary hammer, Mjolnir. Using lighting, an obvious contrast is drawn between Thor and his villainous opponents.
This work depicts a weary figure being approached by shadowy figures of an unknown nature. While I'm not familiar with the mythology behind this, it creates a vivid understanding of the characters.
Here, Hercules is shown killing the centaur, Nessus. Once again, lighting is used to depict the hero in light and his opponent in shadows, making words unnecessary to understand the story.
Here, Samson is being captured after losing his strength. This is a masterpiece of visual composition, showing Samson bathed in light while his attackers are left in contrasting darkness.
This piece (under one translation) shows Cain killing his brother, Abel. It depicts a contrast between a vulnerable, trusting, righteous hero and his traitorous, vengeful brother.
This is a scene from the book of Revelation, including the Virgin and a demonic beast. Here, contrast is created through the illusion of illumination around the woman and her child.
Similar to the last piece, this painting uses much more dramatic lighting to emphasize the struggle between good and evil. Darkness wraps around the beast, and the woman is depicted with radiance.
Here, a black serpent is wrapped around a girl. Likely a reference to the biblical story of man's first sin, the serpent is pitch black, contrasting the pale skin of the otherwise innocent Eve.
Here, David holds the head of the giant, Goliath, after defeating him. Contrast is shown via lighting, empowering the underdog hero as the biblical God's chosen hero, and soon-to-be king.
Here, Greek soldiers fight against Amazon women. Contrast, in this case, is not made through lighting, but rather through gender. It is easy to differentiate the heroes from their foreign attackers.
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