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.

And so, ancient mythology. Why is ancient? Because "àntigues" 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". 
 



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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


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