Famous Paintings derived from Mythology

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Famous Paintings derived from Mythology

1iaia852
Feb 7, 2011, 8:40 pm

Can anyone think of any famous paintings derived from Mythology.

2Phocion
Feb 7, 2011, 8:42 pm

Which mythology? Greek? Roman? Egyptian? Hebrew? Christian?

3iaia852
Feb 7, 2011, 8:44 pm

Any!! :D

4Phocion
Feb 7, 2011, 8:48 pm

I must ask, this is not a homework assignment, is it?

5iaia852
Feb 7, 2011, 8:52 pm

No, I'm already done with that school chapter of my life for the past 15 years. Its just something to spark a conversation, as this group has been rather quite lately

6DaynaRT
Edited: Feb 7, 2011, 9:01 pm

Botticelli's The Birth of Venus

7Phocion
Feb 7, 2011, 9:01 pm

Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian
The Birth of Venus by Botticelli
Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

To name a few.

8iaia852
Feb 7, 2011, 9:11 pm

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9iaia852
Feb 7, 2011, 9:12 pm

Amaterasu - The Japanese Solar Goddess
AMATERASU EMERGES FROM THE LIGHT
Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)
http://www.lyricalworks.com/stories/amaterasu/images/Amaterasu2.jpg

10VivalaErin
Feb 8, 2011, 11:15 am

I know plenty of Orpheus pieces!
http://www.ellopos.org/photoblog/?p=97
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_z4ZYXyojONM/TJuhZv9OkCI/AAAAAAAAAzA/Vj-86JhccM8/s1600/...

Moreau and Waterhouse are some of my favorites:
http://www.artchive.com/artchive/m/moreau/orpheus.jpg
http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Music/OrpheusDeath.jpg

#6 I actually got to see Botticelli's Primavera while in Florence in 2006. I just wanted to reach out and touch it, but I knew that would get me in big trouble!

11marq
Edited: Nov 28, 2011, 6:33 am

I have Waterhouse's "Echo and Narcissus" above the fireplace in my bedroom:



This is from Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Edit: a print obviously.

12marq
Nov 28, 2011, 6:55 am

This is a famous painting from Hindu Mythology of the lovers Krishna and Radha.



This is from the Kangra School of Indian Court painting.

13Randy_Hierodule
Edited: Dec 4, 2011, 11:29 am

An amusing take on Christian iconography:



14marq
Dec 5, 2011, 5:06 pm

Beautiful picture Ben. What is it?

15Randy_Hierodule
Edited: Dec 6, 2011, 1:06 pm

Jean Delville, titled "Plato's Academy".

16marq
Dec 9, 2011, 10:24 pm

That explains a few things, although the resemblance to the usual pictures of Jesus as well as the fact that there are 12 companions seems more than coincidence.

On closer inspection, (http://jeandelville.org/Paintings/School%20of%20Plato/pages/DSC_0336.htm) the boy third from left seems to have something an adult Jewish male would not be expected to have.

17DaynaRT
Dec 9, 2011, 11:28 pm

>16 marq:
Hairless legs?

18marq
Edited: Dec 9, 2011, 11:50 pm

>17 DaynaRT: Among other things. I'm trying to not bring down the tone of the conversation.

If we can expand to famous sculptures from mythology, there are many but I think none more famous than Michelangelo's David:



(It is sometimes said that Michelangelo made the mistake that Delville apparently didn't.)

19mnleona
Jan 21, 10:18 am

>18 marq: I saw the statue last year and it is huge and very impressive.