This gallery includes representations of the Greek God, Ares(and his Roman equivalent, Mars) in painting, sculptures, and various other mediums. Ares was the God of war.
Ares was the son of Zeus and Hera, both who equally hated him. He was known as the God of war who represented the unpleasant aspects of battle. What is interesting is that Ares, or Mars was often depicted as a coward, and responded to even the most slightest of injuries with outrange and contempt.
Mars and Venus, or Ares and Aphrodite were lovers and commonly are seen together in a lot of paintings and sculptures. Despite her being married to another, Hephaestus, or Vulcan, the affair between both Ares and Aphrodite was no secret. Both meant the world to the other.
Ares and Aphrodite were parents to Eros, or Cupid, and Harmonia. Despite being the God of war, these illustrations show how equally important Aphrodite is to Ares, his love for battle is only equal to his love for her.
Traditionally depicted as always being suited for battle, this painting shows Mars with Venus in his lap, and their son Cupid by his leg. Despite Venus having been married to another, the lack of subtle nature between these two shows a certain rebellion toward forbidden love.
It is strange seeing such love and affection displayed by the God of war when ferocity and wars are his namesakes. Yet again, we find another painting with Venus his lover, and Cupid his son sharing a family bonding time.
This shows Mars and Venus being caught by Venus's husband, Vulcan during their moment of solitude and affection. Vulcan was outraged by this affair between the two and created a device to trap both Mars and Venus into a bed one evening to show his displeasure for it. Still, it did little to separate the two.
When there was no war, and no Venus, Mars would sleep much like mortals would until his name was called and war was to happen. This painting sort of humanizes the Gods in a way showing that even they require sleep.
Depicted as always being ready for battle, this statue shows the armored Mars drawing out a sword and preparing for war. Despite not being very popular around Greece, Ares himself was worshipped by the most ferocious of fighters in Greece, the Spartans.
Even being caught multiple times by her husband, and the open flaunting of their affairs in front of the other Gods, Mars and Venus always found a way to be together. Their love was strangely unbreakable.
This painting shows Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and Intelligence shoving Mars away. These two were always at least butting heads. One felt the strength of war was always the better option, and the other was more strategic and felt proper planning beforehand was always the better solution. It gives a real good outlook on how different certain nations like Athens and Sparta handled things.
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