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Mythology Art

Mythology art is present in nearly every art movement and era. These artworks depict stories, legends, and religious figures from every civilization that has ever developed an artistic culture. However, the most well known mythology is seen throughout classical art styles. Many artists got their inspiration for mythology art through poetic works and plays, as well as legends. One literary subject of poetic mythological artwork were Shakespearean plays, such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Midsummer's Night Dream, all of which displayed fantastic elements for artists to use in their classical depictions.

Mythology Artwork

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The Weighing of the Heart against Maat's Feather of Truth
by Unknown
24" x 18"
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Saturn Devouring one of his Children, 1821-23
by Francisco De Goya
18" x 24"
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1863 Alexandre Cabanel - The Birth of Venus
by Unknown
16" x 12"
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Zodiac Signs
by Alphonse Mucha
16" x 21"
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The Birth of Venus
by Sandro Botticelli
24" x 18"
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The Creation
by Michael Parkes
32" x 28"
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Pallas Athena or, Armoured Figure
by Rembrandt van Rijn
18" x 24"
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The Weighing of the Heart against the Feather of Truth
by Unknown
24" x 18"
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Meeting on the Turret Stairs
by Frederick Burton
24" x 36"
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Stalking
by Michael Parkes
24" x 34"
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The Creation
by Michael Parkes
20" x 16"
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Apparition of the Face of Aphrodite of Knidos, c.1981
by Salvador Dali
16" x 20"
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Greek Goddess Eos, the Goddess of Dawn
by William Adolphe Bouguereau
12" x 22"
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Merlin's Magic
by Josephine Wall
12" x 15"
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Athena
by Michael Parkes
24" x 34"
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Venus and Mars, c.1485
by Sandro Botticelli
24" x 18"
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Romeo and Juliet
by Frank Dicksee
24" x 35"
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Aphrodite - Goddess Of Love
by Josephine Wall
15" x 12"
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Medusa
by Leonardo Da Vinci
10" x 8"
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The Gods Osiris and Atum, from the Tomb of Nefertari
by Unknown
18" x 24"
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The Birth of Venus
by Sandro Botticelli
38" x 26"
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The Judgement of Osiris, detail from a Book of the Dead
by Unknown
24" x 18"
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Romeo and Juliet
by Frank Dicksee
24" x 32"
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Venus, detail from The Birth of Venus, c.1485
by Sandro Botticelli
18" x 24"
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Achelous (metallic ink)
by Richard Franklin
44" x 38"
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Leo - Black
by Veruca Salt
12" x 12"
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Girl Defending Herself Against Love
by William Adolphe Bouguereau
11" x 14"
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Le Paradis
by Marc Chagall
33" x 24"
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Hylas and the Nymphs
by John William Waterhouse
34" x 22"
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The Birth of Venus
by Sandro Botticelli
14" x 11"
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Minerva or Pallas Athena
by Gustav Klimt
18" x 24"
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Aries Character Traits
by Veruca Salt
16" x 16"
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The Fall of Phaeton
by Peter Paul Rubens
24" x 18"
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Star Sign Sagitarius
by Cynthia Coulter
12" x 12"
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To Thine Own Self Be True Shakespeare Purple
by Quote Master
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Additionally, subjects such as Greek or Roman mythology provided ample fodder for the imagination of artists, many of whom used these figures to fashion symbols and depictions of Christianity in their work. It wasn't uncommon for artists to depict Jesus in the same fashion as Apollo or Mary in the same way as Aphrodite or Venus. Raphael and Botticelli, in particular, had works of this nature although Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus' is his most famous work in this genre. Likewise, personification of various traits such as love and ego were common in this category of art, as shown in Bouguereau's painting, 'Girl Defending Herself against Love' and 'Ravishment of Psyche'.

The use of mythology in artwork also served as an inspiration for modern artists. Gustav Klimt's 'Danae' is a whimsically sensual example of this but other modern artists also found the subject of myths and legends appealing in their work. For example, Pablo Picasso had an entire series of paintings devoted to the Minotaur, and Romare Bearden retells the ancient classics of the Trojan War with African-American heroes and heroines.

Fantastic creatures, gods, goddesses, and romantic tales are all the birthright of mythological artwork. Not surprisingly, this category of art is as popular as it always has been and will most likely continue to be. These pictures ignite the imagination of those who see them and leave behind a sense of wonder that is as timeless as the stories that have been transferred to canvas.
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