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A Morning Dance of the Nymphs painting reproduction, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
A Siren in Full Moonlight painting reproduction, Paul Delvaux
A Venus at Her Mirror painting reproduction, Diego Velázquez
A Morning Dance of the Nymphs
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
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A Siren in Full Moonlight
Paul Delvaux
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A Venus at Her Mirror
Diego Velázquez
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Allegory painting reproduction, Louis Vivin
Allegory of Love I painting reproduction, Paolo Veronese
Allegory of Prudence painting reproduction, Titian
Allegory
Louis Vivin
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Allegory of Love I
Paolo Veronese
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Allegory of Prudence
Titian
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Allegory of the Camaldolese Order painting reproduction, El Greco
Allegory of the Sense of Smell painting reproduction, Peter Paul Rubens
Allegory Tragedy painting reproduction, Gustav Klimt
Allegory of the Camaldolese Order
El Greco
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Allegory of the Sense of Smell
Peter Paul Rubens
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Allegory Tragedy
Gustav Klimt
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An Allegory of Venus and Cupid painting reproduction, Agnolo Bronzino
An Offering to Venus painting reproduction, John William Godward
Anacreon 3 (Cupid takes flight) painting reproduction, Jean-Leon Gerome
An Allegory of Venus and Cupid
Agnolo Bronzino
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An Offering to Venus
John William Godward
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Anacreon 3 (Cupid takes flight)
Jean-Leon Gerome
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Anacreon, Bacchus and Cupid painting reproduction, Jean-Leon Gerome
Ancient of Days painting reproduction, William Blake
Apollo and Daphne painting reproduction, Antonio Pollaiuolo
Anacreon, Bacchus and Cupid
Jean-Leon Gerome
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Ancient of Days
William Blake
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Apollo and Daphne
Antonio Pollaiuolo
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Atalanta and Hippomenes painting reproduction, Guido Reni
Athaliah Questioning Jehoash painting reproduction, Charles Antoine Coypel
Bacchus and Ariadne painting reproduction, Guido Reni
Atalanta and Hippomenes
Guido Reni
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Athaliah Questioning Jehoash
Charles Antoine Coypel
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Bacchus and Ariadne
Guido Reni
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Birth of Venus painting reproduction, Alexandre Cabanel
Birth of Venus (Naissance de Venus) painting reproduction, William A. Bouguereau
Ceres and Harvesting Cupids painting reproduction, Simon Vouet
Birth of Venus
Alexandre Cabanel
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Birth of Venus (Naissance de Venus)
William A. Bouguereau
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Ceres and Harvesting Cupids
Simon Vouet
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Charity painting reproduction, Francesco Salviati
Christ Addressing a Kneeling Woman painting reproduction, Paolo Veronese
Christ Mocked (The Crowning with Thorns) painting reproduction, Hieronymus Bosch
Charity
Francesco Salviati
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Christ Addressing a Kneeling Woman
Paolo Veronese
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Christ Mocked (The Crowning with Thorns)
Hieronymus Bosch
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Mythology Paintings

Three main purposes which a myth serves are 1. to explain how something came into existence, 2. to justify something or 3. to act as a warning for a threatening event to come. Great myths explain to generations that follow about the order of the world and the relationships between humans and gods.

Mythology Paintings tell these stories using a visual medium
Classical mythology has had centuries of expression in the visual arts. Stories from the poetry of Homer, Virgil, Ovid originated in ancient Greek and Roman religion. Earliest depictions of deities were manifested in larger than life reliefs and sculptures. In the Middle Ages these characters were freed of their pagan context. Embedding their art in classical mythology, new generations of artists who liked to integrate classical subject matter and style became the norm. In the19th century, classical mythology continued to fuel generations of new artists with subject matter for mythology paintings.

Mythology continued to be an appealing subject area for 19 th and 20 th century painters. Modern mythology paintings have been done by Arthur Bowen Davies; Nancy Goldring and Heinrich Campendonk.

Spring Allegory and La Primaverra
La Primavera was painted in 1442 during the Italian Renaissance and is one of the most controversial paintings of all time. Most agree that the painting is of mythological figures in a garden and is about spring. Others say that it is about neolplatonic love.

One interpretation of Botticelli's La Primavera is that it's an allegory of spring in which the nymph, Chloris is aggressively pursued by wind god, Zephyr. As she turns towards him, flowers spring from her mouth as if she is being transformed into vegetation. In the myth, Zephyr marries Chloris after raping her.

Above, hovering in the fruit trees, a rubinesque Cupid flexes his bow waiting to shoot love's arrow in the direction of Zeus's daughters known as The Three Graces. The three beautiful daughters dance oblivious to all that surrounds them. Although Cupid is wearing a blindfold, he appears to direct his aim at a woman in the center. Venus, goddess of love dominates the work.

Paganism In Art
The Origin of the Milky Way was painted by Italian Renaissance artist, Jacopo Tintoretto in 1575. The myth tells the story of Hercules, who was brought to his half-sister Athena by Hera. She takes pity on him and tries to nurse him, but he causes her so much pain that she casts him out. Her milk is spattered across the heavens and becomes the Milky Way. Hera's divine milk conveys godlike power to Hercules.

Hera is the central figure of the painting and is surrounded by clouds and cupids as infant Hercules nurses. Infant stars of the Milky Way escape from Hera's breasts.

Christianity vs. Paganism
Until Botticelli took up the task; Venus had not been painted for 1000 years. Botticelli painted several works focusing on the goddess. In The Birth of Venus or Rebirth of Venus he painted a nude woman.

Mythology paintings gave Renaissance artists and post-Renaissance painters the freedom to create bold compositions denied them by Christianity and to represent values of pagan nobility such as pride, vengeance and honor.

Conclusions
The Venetian painting style and the mythology paintings introduced by Sandro Botticelli were more highly regarded than any other painting styles until the latter portion of the 19 th century. Even today, mythology paintings are still a part of the body of work produced by 21 st century artists.

For further information, visit:
- Mythology paintings
- Classical Mythology in Art
- About Greek Mythology