Heroes and creatures of mythology

Welcome to the Heroes and Creatures of Mythology gallery, within this gallery is an assortment of hero's and Creatures selected from various cultures around the world. These mythological beings’ have had an intriguing influence on the society's from which they were created. Even today these beings’ still have an impact on today's cultures with creativity, teachings, and artistic expressions.

Titled “Mars with Cupid” which is an oil on canvas painting created in 1649 by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri of Italy. In Roman Mythology, we have a depiction of Cupid, the god of desire, affection and attraction, alongside Mars the god of war, which to whom is his father. This dynamically painted piece illustrates the relationship between love and war. An ironic twist of circumstances that will eventually echo a message throughout the years to come that: “love can conquer all!” Today Cupid has become the iconic symbol for love and is seen mostly during Valentine’s day.
Created during the middle ages, this painting of Tempera colors and ink on parchment depicts two mythological creatures from this period. The Siren and Centaur; both are mythological creatures that have derived from folk lore and ancient teachings. The siren who was known for its seductive singing voice to lure sailors to their doom and the centaur whom represents a sense of hypocrisy according to ancient Christian teachings.
This beautiful marble sculpture of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love was created in 1773 by Joseph Nollekens of England. This sculpture depicts every aspect of Venus’s essence. From the seductive pose to the carefully crafted shape of a beautiful woman. Venus, to whom was also the mother of Cupid has been noted as the most beautiful of all the gods within roman mythology.
One of the most famous heroes from Greek mythology is Perseus, as depicted in this painting created by Sebastiano Ricci during the early 1700’s, a battle has taken place, and with head of medusa in Perseus’s hand, his enemies are turned to stone from medusa’s powerful stare. This painting is not just dynamic in visual artistry but dynamic in story telling as well.
Here we have a bronze statue of the Trojan Prince Laocoon and his two sons being attacked by sea serpents. A clear depiction of this tragic event has been captured with excellent anatomical detail and emotions. As retold through Greek mythology, Laocoon and his sons were being executed by sea serpents for his betrayal to the god known as Apollo.
An excellent representation of Mercury from Greek and Roman mythology, this bronze statue excellently depicts the elegance and poise from the messenger of the gods. Created by Johan Gregor van der Schardt near the mid 1500’s, a sculptor with an eye for detail. From the subject’s accurate anatomical curvature to the detailed etching in Mercury’s winged sandals.
Herakles or popularly known as Hercules can be seen painted on this Terracotta vase that dates back to 470 B.C. The painting depicts one of the famous twelve Labors performed by Herakles; slaying the Nemean Lion. Herakles is shown wrestling the Lion down to the ground in the typical nude fashion to which illustrates an emphasis on the masculinity and heroicness of that period.
Another bronze sculpture we have here dates back to the 1700’s, and it is a depiction of the Titan called Saturn. Father of Zeus, and once the ruler of Earth according to Roman mythology. The main expression for this sculpture is the cannibalism of one of Saturn’s children, in an attempt to prevent being overthrown in the future by his child. Though it is graphic in nature, it still tells a story of hierarchy within Roman mythology.
This Bronze sculpture of a Griffin dates back to 125 to 75 B.C. This particular Griffin is being depicted as subtly eating an Arimasp within its beak. Recognized for their multiple parts of animals and majestic nature, Griffins are highly used within Greek mythology paintings. As for the Arimasp in the sculpture, they were described as a one-eyed race of people that were always after the gold guarded by Griffins. Hence, the depiction of the Arimasp being eaten by the Griffin.
This Terracotta with polychrome statue that dates back to 300 B.C. depicts the god of music known as Apollo holding a musical instrument called a kithara, a stringed harp. Terracotta statues of Greek figures where popular and highly desired during this time period. Unlike Bronze sculptures, Terracotta was more susceptible to the harsh environments which could cause fading and loss of depicting details.
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