Antique mythology in painting and art

Myth and legends closely intertwine with everyday life of inhabitant. For the modern viewer, narrative of mythological subjects seem commonplace in the paintings, but connoisseurs, who know the historical roots of the genre such as ancient mythology in painting, with a special flutter appreciate the art, with which world artists approached to creating images and scenes from fairytale characters life of ancient mythology.

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Noel Kouapel - Apotheosis of Hercules

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Noel Kouapel - Jupiter in a chariot between Justice and Grace

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet - Apollo and Thetis

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Michel Cornell Jr. - Zephyr and Flora

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Michel Cornell Jr. - The Midas Court

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Michel Cornell Jr. - Iris and Jupiter

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Noel Kouapel - The Abduction of Deyanirs by Centaur Nessom

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Rene-Antoine Wass - Iris and Sleeping Morpheus

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Rene-Antoine Wass - The Birth of Minerva from the Head of Jupiter

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Rene-Antoine Wass - Mercury and Argus

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Rene-Antoine Wass - Apollo and Daphne

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Charles de Lafosse - Apollo and Thetis

 

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Antique mythology in world painting

 

Noel Kouapel - Sacrifice to Jupiter

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Charles de Lafosse - Sacrifice of Iphigenia

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Noel Kouapel - Nymphs present Amalthea cornucopia

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Nicolas-René Jallen the elder - Clement, turning into a sunflower

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Nicolas-René Jallen the elder - Hyacinth turning into flowers

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Rene-Antoine Wass-Minerva and Arachne

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Rene-Antoine Wass - Minerva teaches the inhabitants of Rhodes the art of sculpture

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

René-Antoine Wass - The dispute between Minerva and Neptune about the name of Athens

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Rene-Antoine Wass - Nebuchadnezzar and Semiramis lay the hanging gardens in Babylon

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Hans von Aachen - Bacchus, Ceres and Cupid

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Giuseppe Cesari, Chevalier d'Arpino - Perseus and Andromeda

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Rubens and France Snyders - Kimon and Iphigenia

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Frans Pourbus I - David and Abigail

 

Antique mythology in world painting

 

Jan Bukhorst - Mercury falls in love with Hers

And so, ancient mythology. Why is ancient? Because "ntigues" translated as "ancient" in Latin. Why is the painting? Because vivid images and imagination of artist gives to fictitious characters some physicality and become more fantasy. Masters inspired by ideas from stories of Greek and Roman mythology beginning from the Renaissance. In addition to well-known destinations, there was another branch - Pantheism. Moreover, the latter is more characteristic for Hellenic (Greek) masters. Its name "Pantheism" derives from the name "Pan" - the god of nature, goat-hoofed and excessively lewd. His images always endow with erect phallus and meet in amulets, statues and reliefs of Greek palaces. The picture "Pan" by Mikhail Vrubel was the most familiar for contemporaries. However, only those paintings become approximate to the "true" Pan that painted by Poussin Nicolas ("Pan and Syrinx"), Frans Snyders ("Ceres and Pan") and many other artists.

It appeal to the most common mythological tales, with characters multi-site in children and school books: Hercules, Medea and Persia, Pandora and Sirens - the viewer gets an opportunity and a kick out of beholding stories based on ancient Greek and Roman stories. This theme has a field day with the works of the Renaissance, Baroque and especially expressive in Caravaggio's motives and pupils and followers works of the great master. Technique in which painted fabulous creatures based on the play of light and shadow, with a muted background and thick light strokes of main heroes. This technique allows to "pull" the characters and creates even more depressing mood. But at the turn of the 19th century, when classicism took in hand the palette, the mood of paintings with mythological theme changed and became lighter and warm colours (Gustave Moreau - "Apollo and the Nine Muses" and "Orpheus", Gustav Klimt - "Pallas Athena", Hans Makart - "The Triumph of Ariadne", etc.). The canvases became truly fabulous and rainbow. Eroticism seeped in some works, in others - a kind of childishness, the third - allegory. Moreover, allegory and personification often use by masters to transfer their own perception in mythological plots. Artists had to study ancient literature to create such scenes, searching for the features of characters, and combine images with a book narration. Besides, inhabitants of that period, when canvas were panting, had a high demand for such stories. Artists not always worked for the benefit of its own predilections rather contrary to it, painstakingly combining the mythological beings with terrestrial peasants and nature, twisting own skills and audience wishes to see what it is called "a fairy-tale in reality".


Art ( painting ) » Allegory, mythology, poetry » mythology and poetry


Pictures:

The Choice of Heracles :: Annibale Carracci
mythology and poetry - The Choice of Heracles :: Annibale Carracci
Jupiter, Mercury and the Virtue :: Dosso Dossi
mythology and poetry - Jupiter, Mercury and the Virtue :: Dosso Dossi
Medea about to Kill her Children :: Eugene Delacroix
mythology and poetry - Medea about to Kill her Children :: Eugene Delacroix
A Sea Nymph :: Michele Desubleo
mythology and poetry - A Sea Nymph :: Michele Desubleo
Phaedra :: Alexandre Cabanel
mythology and poetry - Phaedra :: Alexandre Cabanel
Calliope :: Giuseppe Fagnani
mythology and poetry -  Calliope :: Giuseppe Fagnani
Polyhymnia :: Giuseppe Fagnani
mythology and poetry - Polyhymnia :: Giuseppe Fagnani
Erato at Her Lyre :: John William Godward
mythology and poetry - Erato at Her Lyre :: John William Godward
Heliodorus Driven from the Temple :: Bertholet Flemal
mythology and poetry - Heliodorus Driven from the Temple :: Bertholet Flemal
The sleeping Snow White :: Hans Makart
mythology and poetry - The sleeping Snow White :: Hans Makart
The Triumph of Ariadne :: Hans Makart
mythology and poetry - The Triumph of Ariadne :: Hans Makart
The Hunt of Diana (Draft) :: Hans Makart
mythology and poetry - The Hunt of Diana (Draft)  :: Hans Makart
Faun und Nymph (Pan und Flora) :: Hans Makart
mythology and poetry - Faun und Nymph (Pan und Flora) :: Hans Makart
Snow White the poisoned comb :: Hans Makart
mythology and poetry - Snow White the poisoned comb  :: Hans Makart
Faticida :: Lord Frederick Leighton
mythology and poetry - Faticida :: Lord Frederick Leighton
The Triumph of Bacchus Neptune and Amphitrite :: Luca Giordano
mythology and poetry - The Triumph of Bacchus Neptune and Amphitrite :: Luca Giordano
Jupiter and Mercury at Philemon and Baucis :: Adam Elsheimer
mythology and poetry - Jupiter and Mercury at Philemon and Baucis :: Adam Elsheimer
Ali Baba abd the Forty Thieves :: Albert Goodwin
mythology and poetry - Ali Baba abd the Forty Thieves :: Albert Goodwin
The Sleep of Endymion :: Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Triosson
mythology and poetry - The Sleep of Endymion :: Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Triosson
Homage to Diana :: Annibale Carracci
mythology and poetry - Homage to Diana :: Annibale Carracci
The Flight into Egypt :: Annibale Carracci
mythology and poetry - The Flight into Egypt :: Annibale Carracci
Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne :: Annibale Carracci
mythology and poetry - Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne :: Annibale Carracci
The Rape of Europa :: Antonio Carracci
mythology and poetry - The Rape of Europa :: Antonio Carracci
Mars Vanquishing Ignorance :: Antoon Claeissens
mythology and poetry - Mars Vanquishing Ignorance :: Antoon Claeissens
Icarius (Diomedes Wounding Aphrodite When She Tries To Recover The Body Of Aeneas) :: Arthur Heinrich Wilhelm Fitger
mythology and poetry - Icarius (Diomedes Wounding Aphrodite When She Tries To Recover The Body Of Aeneas)  :: Arthur Heinrich Wilhelm Fitger
Amor Victorious :: Caravaggio
mythology and poetry - Amor Victorious :: Caravaggio
Bacchus :: Caravaggio
mythology and poetry - Bacchus :: Caravaggio
Medusa :: Caravaggio
mythology and poetry - Medusa :: Caravaggio
Narcissus :: Caravaggio
mythology and poetry - Narcissus :: Caravaggio
Sick Bacchus :: Caravaggio
mythology and poetry - Sick Bacchus :: Caravaggio
Bacchanale :: Conrad Grob
mythology and poetry - Bacchanale :: Conrad Grob
Sibyl :: Domenichino
mythology and poetry -  Sibyl :: Domenichino
The Maiden and the Unicorn :: Domenichino
mythology and poetry - The Maiden and the Unicorn :: Domenichino
Hero and Leander :: Domenico Feti
mythology and poetry - Hero and Leander :: Domenico Feti
Aeneas and Achates on the Libyan Coast :: Dosso Dossi
mythology and poetry - Aeneas and Achates on the Libyan Coast :: Dosso Dossi
Circe (or Melissa) :: Dosso Dossi
mythology and poetry - Circe (or Melissa) :: Dosso Dossi
Sibyl :: Dosso Dossi
mythology and poetry - Sibyl :: Dosso Dossi
Witchcraft (Allegory of Hercules) :: Dosso Dossi
mythology and poetry - Witchcraft (Allegory of Hercules) :: Dosso Dossi
Oedipus and the Sphinx [detail] :: Fransois-Xavier Fabri
mythology and poetry - Oedipus and the Sphinx [detail]  :: Fransois-Xavier Fabri
Oedipus and the Sphinx :: Fransois-Xavier Fabri
mythology and poetry - Oedipus and the Sphinx :: Fransois-Xavier Fabri
Diana and Actaeon (detail 2) :: Giuseppe Cesari
mythology and poetry - Diana and Actaeon (detail 2) :: Giuseppe Cesari
Aphrodite and Eros :: Henri Camille Danger
mythology and poetry - Aphrodite and Eros :: Henri Camille Danger
Paris And Helen :: Henri-Joseph Duwee
mythology and poetry - Paris And Helen :: Henri-Joseph Duwee
Reunion of Odysseus and Telemachus :: Henri-Lucien Doucet
mythology and poetry - Reunion of Odysseus and Telemachus :: Henri-Lucien Doucet
The Golden Fleece :: Herbert James Draper
mythology and poetry - The Golden Fleece :: Herbert James Draper
Wrath of the Sea God :: Herbert James Draper
mythology and poetry - Wrath of the Sea God :: Herbert James Draper
Andromache Mourning Hector :: Jacques-Louis David
mythology and poetry - Andromache Mourning Hector :: Jacques-Louis David
Antiochus and Stratonice :: Jacques-Louis David
mythology and poetry - Antiochus and Stratonice :: Jacques-Louis David
The Courtship of Paris and Helen :: Jacques-Louis David
mythology and poetry - The Courtship of Paris and Helen :: Jacques-Louis David
Diana with Her Hunting Dogs beside Kill :: Jan Fyt
mythology and poetry - Diana with Her Hunting Dogs beside Kill  :: Jan Fyt
Coresus Sacrificing himselt to Save Callirhoe :: Jean-Honore Fragonard
mythology and poetry - Coresus Sacrificing himselt to Save Callirhoe :: Jean-Honore Fragonard
Psyche showing her Sisters her Gifts from Cupid :: Jean-Honore Fragonard
mythology and poetry - Psyche showing her Sisters her Gifts from Cupid :: Jean-Honore Fragonard
Anacreon, Bacchus and Cupid :: Jean-Leon Gerome
mythology and poetry - Anacreon, Bacchus and Cupid :: Jean-Leon Gerome
Polyphemus :: Jean-Leon Gerome
mythology and poetry - Polyphemus :: Jean-Leon Gerome
The Bacchante :: Jean-Leon Gerome
mythology and poetry - The Bacchante :: Jean-Leon Gerome
Elaine :: John Atkinson Grimshaw
mythology and poetry - Elaine :: John Atkinson Grimshaw
The Return of Neptune :: John Singleton Copley
mythology and poetry - The Return of Neptune :: John Singleton Copley
The Barque of Charon :: Jose Benlliure y Gil
mythology and poetry - The Barque of Charon :: Jose Benlliure y Gil
Abduction :: Jules-Elie Delauney
mythology and poetry - Abduction :: Jules-Elie Delauney
Orpheus and Euridice :: Louis Ducis
mythology and poetry - Orpheus and Euridice :: Louis Ducis
Perseus Fighting Phineus and his Companions :: Luca Giordano
mythology and poetry - Perseus Fighting Phineus and his Companions :: Luca Giordano
Psyche Honoured by the People :: Luca Giordano
mythology and poetry - Psyche Honoured by the People :: Luca Giordano
Psyche Served by Invisible Spirits :: Luca Giordano
mythology and poetry - Psyche Served by Invisible Spirits :: Luca Giordano
Psyche's Parents Offering Sacrifice to Apollo :: Luca Giordano
mythology and poetry - Psyche's Parents Offering Sacrifice to Apollo :: Luca Giordano
The Forge of Vulcan :: Luca Giordano
mythology and poetry - The Forge of Vulcan :: Luca Giordano
Cupid and Psyche :: Orazio Gentleschi
mythology and poetry - Cupid and Psyche :: Orazio Gentleschi
Aphrodite :: Robert Fowler
mythology and poetry - Aphrodite :: Robert Fowler
Venus And Cupid :: Robert Fowler
mythology and poetry - Venus And Cupid :: Robert Fowler
Rinaldo and Armida :: Sir Antony van Dyck
mythology and poetry - Rinaldo and Armida :: Sir Antony van Dyck
Hero and Leander :: William Etty
mythology and poetry - Hero and Leander :: William Etty
Troilus and Cressida in the Garden of Pandarus :: Edward Henry Corbould
mythology and poetry - Troilus and Cressida in the Garden of Pandarus :: Edward Henry Corbould
Pandoras Box :: Paul Cesaire Gariot
mythology and poetry - Pandoras Box :: Paul Cesaire Gariot
Punishment of Cain :: Theodore Chasseriau
mythology and poetry - Punishment of Cain :: Theodore Chasseriau
Pandora :: William Adolphe Bouguereau
mythology and poetry - Pandora :: William Adolphe Bouguereau
Venus and Adonis :: Jacopo Amigoni
mythology and poetry - Venus and Adonis :: Jacopo Amigoni
Taking Leave of Andromanche :: Jean, II Restout
mythology and poetry - Taking Leave of Andromanche :: Jean, II Restout
Cinderella :: Charles Landseer
mythology and poetry - Cinderella :: Charles Landseer
Ophelia :: Charles Sillem Lidderdale
mythology and poetry - Ophelia :: Charles Sillem Lidderdale
The Daughter of Herodias :: George Frederick Watts
mythology and poetry - The Daughter of Herodias :: George Frederick Watts
Matilda formerly called Beatrice :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Matilda formerly called Beatrice :: John William Waterhouse
One Thousand and One Nights :: Edwin Lord Weeks
mythology and poetry - One Thousand and One Nights :: Edwin Lord Weeks
The Bard :: John Byam Liston Shaw
mythology and poetry - The Bard :: John Byam Liston Shaw
Hercules at the Lake Stymphale :: Gustave Moreau
mythology and poetry - Hercules at the Lake Stymphale :: Gustave Moreau
Sappho :: Gustave Moreau
mythology and poetry - Sappho :: Gustave Moreau
Death of Arthur :: James Archer
mythology and poetry - Death of Arthur :: James Archer
Desdemona :: Theodore Chasseriau
mythology and poetry - Desdemona :: Theodore Chasseriau
Ophelia :: Francis Edouard Zier
mythology and poetry - Ophelia :: Francis Edouard Zier
The Decameron :: Franz Xavier Winterhalter
mythology and poetry - The Decameron :: Franz Xavier Winterhalter
Ariadne :: George Frederick Watts
mythology and poetry - Ariadne :: George Frederick Watts
Ariadne on the Island of Naxos :: George Frederick Watts
mythology and poetry - Ariadne on the Island of Naxos :: George Frederick Watts
The Minotaur :: George Frederick Watts
mythology and poetry - The Minotaur :: George Frederick Watts
The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus :: Jan Victors
mythology and poetry - The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus :: Jan Victors
Constance In Captivity :: John Riley Wilmer
mythology and poetry - Constance In Captivity :: John Riley Wilmer
"I am Half-sick of Shadows", said the Lady of Shalott :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - "I am Half-sick of Shadows", said the Lady of Shalott :: John William Waterhouse
A Mermaid :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - A Mermaid :: John William Waterhouse
Apollo and Daphne :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Apollo and Daphne :: John William Waterhouse
Ariadne :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Ariadne :: John William Waterhouse
Circe' Invidiosa :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Circe' Invidiosa :: John William Waterhouse
Circe' offering the Cup to Ulysses :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Circe' offering the Cup to Ulysses :: John William Waterhouse
Echo and Narcissus :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Echo and Narcissus :: John William Waterhouse
Fair Rosamund :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Fair Rosamund :: John William Waterhouse
Flora :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Flora :: John William Waterhouse
Flora :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Flora :: John William Waterhouse
Hylas and the Nymphs :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Hylas and the Nymphs :: John William Waterhouse
Jason and Medea :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Jason and Medea :: John William Waterhouse
Juliet :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Juliet :: John William Waterhouse
The beautiful dam merciless :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - The beautiful dam merciless :: John William Waterhouse
Lamia :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Lamia :: John William Waterhouse
Lamia :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Lamia :: John William Waterhouse
Mariana in the South :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Mariana in the South :: John William Waterhouse
Miranda - The Tempest :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Miranda - The Tempest :: John William Waterhouse
Narcissus :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Narcissus :: John William Waterhouse
Nymphs finding the Head of Orpheus :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Nymphs finding the Head of Orpheus :: John William Waterhouse
Ophelia :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Ophelia :: John William Waterhouse
Ophelia :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Ophelia :: John William Waterhouse
Pandora :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Pandora :: John William Waterhouse
Penelope and the Suitors :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Penelope and the Suitors :: John William Waterhouse
Psyche Entering Cupid's Garden :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Psyche Entering Cupid's Garden :: John William Waterhouse
Psyche Opening the Golden Box :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Psyche Opening the Golden Box :: John William Waterhouse
Saint Cecilia :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Saint Cecilia :: John William Waterhouse
The Danaides :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - The Danaides :: John William Waterhouse
The Lady Clare :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - The Lady Clare :: John William Waterhouse
The Lady of Shalott :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - The Lady of Shalott :: John William Waterhouse
The Lady of Shalott :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - The Lady of Shalott :: John William Waterhouse
The Magic Circle :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - The Magic Circle :: John William Waterhouse
The Siren :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - The Siren :: John William Waterhouse
The Sorceress :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - The Sorceress :: John William Waterhouse
Thisbe :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Thisbe :: John William Waterhouse
Tristan and Isolde with the Potion :: John William Waterhouse
mythology and poetry - Tristan and Isolde with the Potion :: John William Waterhouse
Enid and Geraint :: Rowland Wheelwright, R.B.A
mythology and poetry - Enid and Geraint :: Rowland Wheelwright, R.B.A
The Enchanted Shore :: Rowland Wheelwright, R.B.A
mythology and poetry - The Enchanted Shore :: Rowland Wheelwright, R.B.A
Mars, God of War :: Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez
mythology and poetry - Mars, God of War :: Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez
1640, Museo del Prado, Madrid
Mars and Venus :: Paolo Veronese
mythology and poetry - Mars and Venus :: Paolo Veronese

c. 1570, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Picture size is 206 x 161 cm, oil on canvas.

Mars and Neptune
mythology and poetry - Mars and Neptune

1575-1578, Palazzo Ducale, Venice

The size of the painting 250 x 180 cm, oil on canvas. 

Mars, Venus and Cupid :: Spranger Bartholomeus
mythology and poetry - Mars, Venus and Cupid :: Spranger Bartholomeus

1590s, Gallery Room, Eggenberg Palace

Picture size 95 x 60 cm, oil on canvas. 

Mercury, Venus and Mars :: Bartholomeus Spranger
mythology and poetry - Mercury, Venus and Mars :: Bartholomeus Spranger

1586-1587, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Picture size 108 x 80 cm, copper, oil.

Mars, Venus and Vulcan :: Joachim Wtewael
mythology and poetry - Mars, Venus and Vulcan :: Joachim Wtewael

1600-1610, Mauritshuis, Hague

Size of the picture 21 cm x 16 cm, oil on canvas.

Minerva Sending Away Mars from Peace and Prosperity :: Jacopo Tintoretto
mythology and poetry - Minerva Sending Away Mars from Peace and Prosperity :: Jacopo Tintoretto

1576-1577, Palazzo Ducale, Venice

 





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