Myths of the Devines

This exhibition contains illustrations of the myths involving Greek and Roman gods. Together the exhibition explores the themes that mythological narratives have evoked over time. The exhibition provides the audience with the opportunity to engage in mythological stories that have resonated with artist throughout history. An important function of these tales were to answer difficult questions about who we are and how we came to be. Another value was to validate social institutions and account for traditions and customs. Throughout the exhibition you will be able to conclude through observation the difference of divinities and their attributes.

Greek god Poseidon is shown protecting sailors out at sea.He is watching over the travelers as they take their journey. Poseidon has the help from Aeolus,the god of winds guiding them safely.The artist made an abundance of detail by overlapping figures, making them transparent.The technique of lines that is used to combine all the figures together catches the attention.The colors of blues and greens really make the details stand out.
The artist is depicting a classic tale of the Greek god Apollo,the god of music and art. Apollo was challenged by Marsyas and competed to see who is the better musician. The painting shows Apollo playing his lyre to a crowd and the melody he is playing is absolutely beautiful. Apollo wins the contest and has Marsyas flayed for challenging him. This is one of the many tales of this Greek god. He is often shown in artworks as a young, handsome, and athletic man.
Roman god Jupiter takes the form of an eagle and abducts Ganymede. Jupiter, in disguise, is infatuated with Ganymede and takes him to Olympus. Jupiter then makes the boy his cup- bearer, meaning a high rank in the official courts. The piece is very powerful with the use of heavy color, almost darkness, that really shows something critical is happening. A lot is created in this piece that captures the audience's attention, and makes you aware of Jupiter's power.
A wondrous mythological scene is created that clearly represents the divinities. Bacchus, Roman god of wine and fertility, is positioned between two goddesses. To the right of Bacchus is Venus, Roman goddess of beauty and erotic love. On the other side of Bacchus we find Ceres, Roman goddess of crops, of agriculture, and the regenerative powers of nature. The three divinities and Venus' son Cupid are enticed by Venus' power of desire, while she appears to be luring back. The artist creates a lavish piece with an abundance of love, food, and wine. The three divines are shown in more artworks together inferring that love is impossible without food and drink.
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