Heroes and legends of mythology

This gallery displays work that celebrates the mythology of heroes as well as other figures. Mythology is a term used for stories passed down in various cultures, some being fictional while others are in the realm of truth. A well known example of mythology is the Greek hero Hercules and his performance of the Twelve Labors.

Hercules the Archer, Émile-Antoine Bourdelle, 1909, From the collection of: MuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux
This piece is Hercules performing the sixth of the Twelve labors by hunting with a bow and arrow. This piece was inspired by the myth of Hercules hunting monster birds that fed on humans.
Hercules kills Nessus, Marco Marchetti from Faenza, 1555/1556, From the collection of: Palazzo Vecchio Museum
This work shows Hercules killing Nessus in battle. This was a big part of Greek mythology as even though Hercules won this battle, the blood of Nessus killed Hercules in return.
Hercules and the hydra from Lerna, Marco Marchetti from Faenza, 1555/1556, From the collection of: Palazzo Vecchio Museum
This work shows Hercules fighting a monster known as the Hydra. This was the second of the twelve labors that Hercules faced. The art also shows that Hercules was able to slay the Hydra by using fire.
[Athens - temple of Zeus Olypmpios], Dimitrios Constantin, 1865, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This photo shows the temple of Zeus in Athens, Greece. This was a place devoted to the worship of and praying to Zeus who was the ruler of the Greek gods.
Zeus, thunderbearer, Unknown, -470/-460, From the collection of: Altes Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
This figure is of Zeus wielding a bolt of lightning. Zeus was the Greek god of thunder and the ruler of the other Greek gods. He was also the father of the Greek hero Hercules.
Statue of Isis Holding the Child Horus, Unknown, ca. 664-525 B.C.E., From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
This work is Isis holding her son, Horus. Isis was the Egyptian god of wisdom and health as well as being the wife of Osiris. Her son, Horus, was the god of the sky is associated with falcons.
The Wounded Philoctetes, Nicolai Abildgaard, 1775, From the collection of: SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst
This work is of the Greek hero Philoctetes and his foot injury. Aside from being a hero, there are varying stories of the cause of his injury such as Hera, the Greeks, or a snake being the cause.
Sculptural ceramic ceremonial vessel that represents Ai Apaec, mythological hero of the Moche cutting the head of a maritime mythological being ML003465, Moche style, 1 AD - 800 AD, From the collection of: Museo Larco
This piece shows Ai Apaec beheading a monster. Ai Apaec. The Moche civilization disappeared at some point in time but this piece was left behind. While mysterious, Ai Apaec is thought to be a god.
Wine Cup with Bellerophon Fighting the Chimaera, Attributed to Boreads Painter (Greek (Lakonian), active 575 - 550 B.C.), 570 - 565 B.C., From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This piece is of Bellerophon fighting a chimaera. He was known as one of the greatest heroes and monster slayers among Greek mythology. His killing the chimaera is seen as his greatest achievement.
Theseus and the Minotaur (Second Version), Antoine-Louis Barye, modeled: 1843; first cast of second version: 1857, From the collection of: The Walters Art Museum
This work is Theseus in his battle with the minotaur. Theseus went to the labyrinth of the minotaur of his own free will as he wanted to kill it to stop King Milos from sacrificing the townspeople.
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