The stories of our generation presented through greek mythology

Presented By: Learning Team 3 --The ups and downs of life, love, and happiness are conflicts that have remained popular throughout the eras. Our generation doesn’t know the stories of Neptune and Amphitrite, or of Love, Cupid, and Psyche. We have never been told the tales of Pan and Echo, or of Venus and Mars. These names are peculiar to our ears however we share the same stories as these Greek gods through our struggles with deceit and pain as well as through our times of happiness and love. In our exhibition we’ve selected works that capture the same tales we face in our everyday lives or see in the media. We hope the viewer becomes acquainted with the stories of Greek Mythology, as well as share the lessons, knowledge, and triumph depicted within the works.

Frederick Sandys Medea 1866-1868 Oil on panel Birmingham Museum and Art Medea, a sorceress who fell in love with the Greek hero Jason, is pictured casting a spell on Glauce (the women who took away her husband). The ships in the back represent the leaving of Jason, as the frogs towards the bottom of the portrait represent his infidelity towards Medea. The look of confusion, fear, and revenge take over the face of Medea as she is seen tugging at the beads of her necklace. The portrait mirrors the story of unrequited love and the destruction of revenge in our generation today.
Frans Francken Neptune and Amphitrite 1616-1620 Oil on Wood Muzeul National Brukenthal This work of art presents the joyous wedding ceremony of Neptune and Amphitrite. Neptune and Amphitrite are distinguished amongst their friends of the sea. Venus and Cupid make an appearance at the bottom of the painting in order to represent the love shared between Neptune and his wife Amphitrite.
Charles de La Fosse The Sacrifice of Iphigenia 1680 Oil on Canvas Palace of Versailles Iphigenia was promised by her father that he would wed her and the famous Greek warrior Achilles. However, Iphigenia’s father tricked her into coming so that he could sacrifice her in return for winds from the Gods (to help soldiers sail their boats into the city of Troy). Before Iphigenia was to be sacrificed, the goddess of hunting, Artemis, sent an animal to take her place as Iphigenia was sent to another city. Iphigenia’s hope for love, her father’s love of victory, and Artemis’ compassion reveal the dramatization in Greek mythology.
Fransisco de Goya Allegory of Love, Cupid and Psyche 1798-1805 Oil on Canvas Barcelona A mythological painting showing the god of sexual attraction falling in love with Psyche. We face these attractions through out our lives whether in adolescence or adulthood. These attractions sometimes are unrequited, troublesome, or delightful. Goya depicts the pursuit of attraction as the viewer defines whether it's love or lust.
Dosso Dossi Mythological Scene 1490-1542 Oil on Canvas Italy This is a mythology painting depicting the Greek god Pan who is trying to seduce the nymph, Echo. We are familiar with the games people play to try to attract one another. Like the portrait, we often have people in our lives who help us deal with these tasks and/or unwanted characters.
Abraham Janssens van Nuyssen Ceres, Bacchus and Venus 1605-1615 Oil on canvas Mythological painting with the goddess of crops, the god of wine, and the goddess of love. This painting portrays that love is alive with the joys of food and drink. This painting represents our love of fellowship with one another. It's common to have a good time over drinks and food.
Paolo Veronese Mars and Venus United by Love 1528-1588 Oil on Canvas Venice This mythological painting portrays Cupid binding Mars and Venus together with a love knot. This piece can also interpret the meaning of parenthood. We can sense that Cupid could represent a child that bonds his parents closer. This painting can also portray the help of friends, family, or even a certain situation that bring people closer.
Pallas Athena Drives Away Mars 1576 Jacopo e Domenico Tintoretto Oil on Canvas Doge's Palace Athena is the Goddess of Truth. Mars is the God of War. This piece ties to our generation because America has been at war for years. The issue is that we often feel duped by our government to go into war. We are given a version of the truth to justify our reason for going to war.
Perseus Confronting Phineus with the Head of Medusa 1705-1710 Sebastiano Ricci Oil on Canvas J. Paul Getty Museum Perseus was the first hero in Greek Mythology. Perseus killed Medusa who was a Gorgon turning men to stone. Later Phineus interrupted the wedding of Perseus and Andromeda. Phineus wanted to be Andromeda suitor. So he used Perseus weapon against him. The irony with today is that we often create technology or weapons that are turned and used against us.
Pompeo Batoni Apollo and two Muses (after) 1741 Oil on Canvas Wilanow Palace Museum Apollo the god of oracles is giving instructions or a prophesy to two women. The women are in a trance believing every word he says. Apollo represents people in power in today's time. The women represents the people who believe everything they are told by the people in power.
Peter Paul Rubens Venus and Adonis 1610 Oil on Canvas Museum Kunstpalast Venus was in love with Adonis. Venus told Adonis to only hunt safe animals such as stags and hairs. She told him to beware of hunting wolves of bears. Adonis was too proud to listen to Venus. His dogs ran up a huge boar. Adonis stuck the boar with a spear, but the boar did not die. The boar attacked Adonis and killed him. People are warned to stay away from people or things that will cause them trouble, but they do not listen. The people will find themselves in trouble for not listening to warnings.
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