Of Myths & Legends - Meagan Kennedy

I have always found mythology fascinating in every culture. This gallery involves mythology and the movement within the paintings. All of the paintings, of course, tell different stories throughout different parts of mythology in the world. The movement of the figures help to tell those stories, showing action, love, and so on.

In this painting, we see a woman named Erin. She is wearing shamrocks in her hair while she sits, chained to a rock in the water with a golden harp in her hands. This woman represents Ireland in all aspects under the enslavement of England. She keeps a calm, yet sad expression on her face while the waters are raging all around her, and she has no place to go because of the chain.
This painting is rather interesting. We see the cupids hovering overhead in the clouds. Two women are gathered around a sleeping woman or a nymph, while Pan is in the background. The woman are hovered over the sleeping woman. They are both in protective stances, as if they are trying to protect her from Pan, who is often personified as a symbol of lust, often seducing others with his musical pipes seen in his hand.
This painting interests me the most. In this painting, we see a group of men or gods gathered together. We see them all pulling hard on a rope reaching long into the distance. It appears that they are pulling the land behind them, as if they are taking the land with them on some kind of journey. It is no easy task as they appear to be pulling with all of their might.
In this painting, it depicts a mythological figure known as Ixion. The story behind this painting is that he once lived on earth as an outsider until Zeus offered him a chance to join the gods in Olympus. Ixion then attempted to seduce Zeus’ wife, Hera, and as punishment was cast out into Tartarus, as it is shown under Ixion’s falling figure with dark columns of smoke and eerie flames rising high into the sky. In midfall, we can see Ixion’s face frozen in terror, a scream escaping his mouth as he sees what is before him.
This painting depicts the god Thor. His face is twisted in anger as he goes into battle against the giants, riding his chariot driven by two goats as they are shown in the foreground. The battle is intense. Even the goats are fighting, as Thor is pulling out his hammer and draws his powers of thunder and lightening against the giants.
In this painting, we see a woman riding a white bull into the water, clutching onto the back of the bull’s neck. She’s looking back to the land as she is hurried away. Her companions are meanwhile stuck on land, one woman throwing her hands up, perhaps trying to get the woman on the bull to come back. The story behind this painting is that the Roman god Jupiter disguised himself as the white bull and tricked the woman, Europa to leave her traveling companions. He then took her across the waters to the land which would soon bear her name.
In this painting, we see the young man Paris with three woman; the goddesses: Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena. Hermes is partially hidden behind the tree, having led the goddesses to the young prince. They are having a contest to see which of the three is the most beautiful. Each of the goddesses tried their best to win Paris’ favor for him to give them the golden apple. In the end, Paris chooses Aphrodite, because of her promise for the girl he loves, which resulted in the Trojan War.
In this painting, we see two small figures running down an empty road or path. The nymph Daphne is currently running from the god Apollo. The story behind this painting is that Apollo had offended Cupid, and as a result, the offended god of love shot both Apollo and Daphne with two different arrows: one inciting love, and other one hatred. When Apollo saw Daphne, he began to pursue her, but she had no interest in him. He then chased her, and as Daphne cried out for help, the river god Peneus transformed her into a tree. We can see Daphne beginning to transform upon closer look at her hands; branches and leaves already springing forth.
In this painting, we see the goddess Freyja sitting upon her throne. Her ladies are standing in the background, watching what is taking place. Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost was sent by Freyja in order to bring back a necklace dear to her, which the god Loki had stolen as another one of his mischievous acts. Successful in retrieving the item, Heimdall returns victorious, delivering the necklace to its rightful owner.
There is total chaos happening in this painting. The infamous hero Perseus has since then killed the gorgon Medusa and is about to wed Andromeda when one of her old suitors, Phineus, intrudes the ceremony with a mob of his own. In the midst of the battle, Perseus draws out Medusa’s severed head. He holds it out in front of him, turning many of the enemy into stone. One of the men is defending himself by holding his shield to deflect the still mighty power of the dead gorgon’s head while one of the men in the background is in the middle of turning into stone—his hand and forearm still unturned—but upon looking at Perseus’ strong stance, it appears that victory belongs to the hero.
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