The Movement of Mythology

As my title suggests, I will be filling my gallery with sculptures and paintings of mythology that I enjoy and each piece will have to do with the movement inside of the painting or depicted in the sculpture. I enjoy any sort of mythology piece of art from any religion.

Depicted in this piece is the Greek demi-god Hercules fighting the great Hyrda during his twelve trials. There is a lot of movement going on here, Hercules is moving to strike the Hydra, the Hydra is moving to get away from Hercules, and even Hercules’ Nemean Lion is moving in the wind. Though in the legend itself, Hercules would have died had he even touched the Hydra’s skin, due to it being so incredibly poisonous, but this small inaccuracy with the lore within the painting doesn’t make the piece any less spectacular.
This piece depicted Hephaestus, Bia, and Crato tying Prometheus up as ordered by Zeus in the mythology. Everything seems to be moving in this piece, there is Prometheus trying to escape and the others securing him to the slab.
This piece, the Shield of Achilles, has many carvings engraved onto it depicting many different stories and pieces of the Greek religion. Nearly every single character on this shield is in a state of movement, there is also a lot of pattern on the outer rim and a way that the characters along the outer circle seem to have a rhythm together.
This piece of artwork depicted the scene in the Odyssey when the Sirens begin to lure the ship to them. There are three Sirens moving toward the ship and singing, while the ship itself moves through the water and the crew moves to row the ship toward the Sirens.
This piece is a sculpture depicting the Greek god Apollo. Apollo seems to have a ice contrapposto stance and is moving to hold out his arm to someone or to something. The clothe around his waist also seems to be moving slightly, perhaps being brushed but his arm or moved by the wind.
This piece depicted Orpheus, the legendary musician and what I believe is his lyre. Orpheus is knelt down in this piece and reaching for something on his lyre while it almost looks like the lyre is going to fall on top of him.
This sculpture depicts the Roman, and somewhat Greek, god of War, Mars. In the piece he is dressed in his military uniform. Mars is moving to pull his sword out of it's pocket. He, like Apollo, has a nice contrapposto stance and appears to be ready for something he believes is coming toward him.
This piece portrays Pluto abducting Proserpine to make her his wife in the underworld. I have always heard this story with Proserpine being abducting by Hades though. There is obviously plenty of moment going on here. there is Proserpine trying to free herself and Pluto trying to keep ahold of her while dragging her away.
This statue depicts Mars and Venus' forbidden love affair. Both of the figures have nice contrapposto stances. Venus' movement comes from the way she is holding onto her lover and leaning against him while Mar's movement comes from the way one of his arms is wrapped around Venus and his other arm is wrapped around his spear.
This piece depicts the Roman god Mercury, or as he is also known, the Greek god Hermes. Mercury is another depiction of a contrapposto stance. He is reaching out one arm and hand and holding onto his staff in a very relaxing manner with his other. Mercury also looks to be moving his head in another direction.
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