This gallery shows representations of the Greek god Apollo and his corresponding Roman god in paintings and sculptures. Apollo is the god of music, poetry, art, oracles, archery, plague, medicine, sun, light, and, knowledge.
Diana, Apollo's twin sister is the goddess of hunt and is depicted sitting on a deer. She was said to be able to talk to animals and control them. In this picture Apollo is pulling his bow back in what looks like perfect form representing the god of archery.
Apollo is seen with his lyre and bow. There is a python, serpent of darkness at his feet that he had slayed with his arrow. This bas-relief represents light overpowering darkness.
This painting portrays the musical competition between Marsyas and Apollo. Apollo was enraged that Marsyas would even challenge him, the god of music. I like how Cornelis van Poelenburgh used dark clouds in the sky representing Apollos anger.
This statue of Apollo shows him standing nude after Daphne escapes him by turning herself into a tree. Hanging on a trunk next to the god of music is his lyre. He told Daphne "I will wear you for my crown" representing his love for her.
This painting is dark showing Apollos anger at Marsyas for his challenge of music. The red in the painting adds to this anger as Apollo is about to strip the skin off Marsyas. Also representing the anger and dispute between the two is the dark sky in the background.
Apollo attended by the nymphs is a marble statue by Francois Girardon. Francois Girardon is French therefor it being built in France not Greece. The six beautiful partially nude nymphs are shown serving him showing god stature.
Apollo and two Muses is a beautiful painting by Pompeo Batoni depicting a half naked Apollo and two woman. His lyre is beside him as well as one of the woman is holding two instruments. The two woman are in deep thought listening to Apollo the god of oracles.
This lead sculpture by John Cheere shows Apollo reaching out his hand and wearing just a piece of cloth. Another sculpture depicting his masculine figure as many do. Most of the sculptures of Apollo are marble so this one stood out being lead.
Louis XIV is driving the chariot of the sun dressed as Apollo god of the sun. The chariot is being pulled by four horses with Aurora the goddess of dawn flying with butterfly wings above. The representation of Apollo is a mythological message.
This marble statue of Apollo from 50 - 350 A.D. shows him holding a wreath of laurel. The statue represents the gods masculine appearance as he leans on a tripod. His appearance was often depicted as being masculine.
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