epic mythic battles

By: Diana, Jesus, Almanda, Mason and Alyssa !

Our first piece dates back to 1000BCE during the medieval ages of Christianity. This beautiful and detailed oil painting has no claimed artist but his name and message is spoken through his art. During these times, Christians believed very deeply in the power of the devil, demons and the horrible consequence of hell. So much so, that they believed in having a “good death”. It was believed that at the time of your death, the devil would temp you with earthly things in order to stray you from the path of god and righteousness. In order to help those on the brink of death, catechisms and manuals were written, and religious orders such as Saint Camillus were set up to help the dying. In this piece, you see a dying man in pain surrounded by demons. You also see a priest next to him attempting to help him fight off evil through his last moments. The man is looking up toward an angel that no one else sees, and has a vision of Jesus at the end of his bed. You notice a second angel coming down toward him with a crown of some sort, this lets us know his soul has been saved. This man has had a good death. La Muerte Del Justo (which is the original name of this piece) is a great example of man against evil because it pins a man weakened by age or health against one of the greatest evils of that time, the damnation of the soul and the devil.
In “Black-figure white-ground lekythos; 500-490 BC”: The lekythoi has an ellipsoidal body, narrow neck, flanged mouth, curved handle extending from below the lip to the shoulder, and a narrow base terminating in a foot. The Greek Archaic period took place between the 800 BC and 480 BC. The lekythos was used as a storage container for oil, such as olive oil. The Archaic art can be described as naturalism and idealized. This specific lekythoi stands 31 centimeters and its medium is a white ground instead of the usual red color of the clay. The scene depicted in the vase is from the myth of Herakles and his Twelve Labours. Herakles striking the Nemean Lion as Athena, Hermes, and lolaos watch.
This pitcher with Herakles wrestling Triton was created during the Archaic period in Athens and dates back to 520-510 B.C. Herakles had to defeat Triton in order to complete the twelve noble truths.
This fresco mural painting was created around 1123 in Barcelona, Spain. It was painted to decorate the newly built church of Santa Maria de Taull. The painting depicts the classic biblical rivalry between David and Goliath. Specifically the moment David beheads Goliath after defeating him in battle.
This statuette was created between 125-75 B.C. in Italy during the Hellenistic period. It depicts the rivalry between the gryps and the Arimasps. The one-eyed Arimasps are said to steal the griffin's precious gold.
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