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Greek Mythology Collection

Greek mythology is a captivating realm filled with gods, heroes, and enchanting tales that have captivated the world for centuries

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Circe Invidiosa, 1892. Artist: Waterhouse, John William (1849-1917)

Circe Invidiosa, 1892. Artist: Waterhouse, John William (1849-1917)
Circe Invidiosa, 1892. Found in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Greek gods in the Olymp, Greek mythology, published in 1880

Greek gods in the Olymp, Greek mythology, published in 1880
The Greek gods in the Olymp. Greek mythology. Wood engraving, published in 1880

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Heroes Of The Trojan War

Heroes Of The Trojan War
Illustration of a Heroes Of The Trojan War

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Medusa, 1596-1598. Artist: Caravaggio, Michelangelo (1571-1610)

Medusa, 1596-1598. Artist: Caravaggio, Michelangelo (1571-1610)
Medusa, 1596-1598. Found in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Roman statue of a drunken Hercules

Roman statue of a drunken Hercules. The mythical Greek hero Heracles, son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Et in Arcadia Ego, c1650. Artist: Nicolas Poussin

Et in Arcadia Ego, c1650. Artist: Nicolas Poussin
Et in Arcadia Ego, c1650. The painting, also known as The Arcadian Shepherds, shows a Greek mythological scene in which a group of shepherds inspects an inscribed coffin

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Orpheus and His Lute, late 19th-early 20th century, (1914). Creator: John Charles Dollman

Orpheus and His Lute, late 19th-early 20th century, (1914). Creator: John Charles Dollman
Orpheus and His Lute, late 19th-early 20th century, (1914). Depiction of the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus, (who played a lyre, not a lute)

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Primavera, c1478. Artist: Sandro Botticelli

Primavera, c1478. Artist: Sandro Botticelli
Primavera, c1478. From the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Phaeton, from The Four Disgracers, 1588. 1588. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

Phaeton, from The Four Disgracers, 1588. 1588. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
Phaeton, from The Four Disgracers, 1588

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Leda and the Swan

Leda and the Swan. Private Collection

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Dionysus and the Maenads, 1901

Dionysus and the Maenads, 1901. A print from The Magazine of Art, Cassell and Company, Limited, 1901

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Greek vase painting of Achilles and Patroclus. Artist: Sosias

Greek vase painting of Achilles and Patroclus. Artist: Sosias
A Greek vase painting of Achilles and Patroclus, where Achilles is binding the wounds of Patroclus. Currently in the Berlin Greek and Roman Museum

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Illustration of Icarus and Daedalus

Illustration of Icarus and Daedalus

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Death of Hector by Achilles during the Trojan War

Death of Hector by Achilles during the Trojan War
Greek hero Achilles dragging Hectors body behind his chariot in the Trojan wars. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Elysium, 1906. Artist: Leon Bakst

Elysium, 1906. Artist: Leon Bakst
Elysium, 1906. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Hermes and the Infant Dionysus

Hermes and the Infant Dionysus
Antique illustration of a Hermes and the Infant Dionysus

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Gods Of Healing

Gods Of Healing
Asclepius or Aesculapius, the ancient Greek god of medicine, with the snake-entwined staff which has come to symbolise the medical profession, circa 1700

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Sleeping or drunken satyr known as the Barberini Faun, Roman marble copy

Sleeping or drunken satyr known as the Barberini Faun, Roman marble copy
Greek civilization, 3rd century. Sleeping or drunken satyr known as the Barberini Faun. Roman marble copy

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Narcissus and Echo

Narcissus and Echo. Found in the Collection of Walker Art Gallery

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Las Hilanderas, (The Spinners), 1657, (c1934). Artist: Diego Velasquez

Las Hilanderas, (The Spinners), 1657, (c1934). Artist: Diego Velasquez
Las Hilanderas, (The Spinners), 1657, (c1934). Traditionally, believed to depict women workers in the tapestry workshop of Santa Isabel, iconography suggests Ovids Fable of Arachne

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Narcissus, 1598-1599. Artist: Caravaggio, Michelangelo (1571-1610)

Narcissus, 1598-1599. Artist: Caravaggio, Michelangelo (1571-1610)
Narcissus, 1598-1599. Found in the collection of the Palazzo Barberini, Rome

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Arrival of Aeneas in Italy, the Dawn of the Roman Empire, (c1620-1680?). Artist: Claude Lorrain

Arrival of Aeneas in Italy, the Dawn of the Roman Empire, (c1620-1680?). Artist: Claude Lorrain
Arrival of Aeneas in Italy, the Dawn of the Roman Empire, (c1620-c1680?). Aeneas, hero of Troy, son of Anchises and Aphrodite (Venus)

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Hercules Brings Cerberus to Eurystheus, with Hermes and Athena, c6th century BC

Hercules Brings Cerberus to Eurystheus, with Hermes and Athena, c6th century BC. Greek Vase from an Etruscan Tomb

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: The Pythia foretells the Oracle of Delphi

The Pythia foretells the Oracle of Delphi
Illustration of the Pythia foretells the Oracle of Delphi

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Map of Europe, 1700

Map of Europe, 1700
17th century map of Europe. Published in 1700, this map by the Dutch cartographer Frederick de Witt (1630-1706) shows the latest knowledge of the geography of Europe

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Marble statue of Hermaphrodite asleep, from Rome, Baths of Diocletian

Marble statue of Hermaphrodite asleep, from Rome, Baths of Diocletian
Roman civilization, 2nd century A.D. Marble statue of Hermaphrodite asleep. From Rome, Baths of Diocletian

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Jupiter and Antiope, 1851. Creator: Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique (1780-1867)

Jupiter and Antiope, 1851. Creator: Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique (1780-1867)
Jupiter and Antiope, 1851. Found in the collection of the Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: The Wingless Chimera, 1911. Creator: David Young Cameron

The Wingless Chimera, 1911. Creator: David Young Cameron
The Wingless Chimera, 1911

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Callisto And Artemis

Callisto And Artemis
The nymph Callisto succumbs to the embraces of Zeus, who is disguised as the goddess Artemis. Artemis, who demanded that her nymphs remained chaste

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Garden. Fresco from The House of the Golden Bracelet (Casa del Bracciale d Oro), 1st H

Garden. Fresco from The House of the Golden Bracelet (Casa del Bracciale d Oro), 1st H. 1st cen. AD. Found in the Collection of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: A statue of Hercules and Cerberus

A statue of Hercules and Cerberus
Hercules is capturing Cerberus and completeing his twelfth labour. This is from the portal of the Michaelertrakt, Hofburg, Vienna

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Coin Depicting the Goddess Tyche, 2nd-1st century BCE. Creator: Unknown

Coin Depicting the Goddess Tyche, 2nd-1st century BCE. Creator: Unknown
Coin Depicting the Goddess Tyche, 2nd-1st century BCE

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Marcus Curtius, from the series The Roman Heroes, 1586. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

Marcus Curtius, from the series The Roman Heroes, 1586. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
Marcus Curtius, from the series The Roman Heroes, 1586

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: The Dragon Devouring the Companions of Cadmus, 1588. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

The Dragon Devouring the Companions of Cadmus, 1588. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
The Dragon Devouring the Companions of Cadmus, 1588

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, 1818. Artist: David, Jacques Louis (1748-1825)

The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, 1818. Artist: David, Jacques Louis (1748-1825)
The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, 1818. Found in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Zephyr, Greek god of the west wind, published 1878

Zephyr, Greek god of the west wind, published 1878
Zephyr - the Greek god of the west wind. Woodcut engraving from the the book " Der Olymp oder die Mythologie der Griechen und Romer (The Olympus or the Mythology of the Greeks and Romans)"

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Poseidon, Greek mythology, wood engraving, published in 1880

Poseidon, Greek mythology, wood engraving, published in 1880
The angry Poseidon. Figure from the Greek mythology. Wood engraving, published in 1880

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Leda and the Swan, 1585. Artist: Veronese, Paolo (1528-1588)

Leda and the Swan, 1585. Artist: Veronese, Paolo (1528-1588)
Leda and the Swan, 1585. Found in the collection of the Musee Fesch, Ajaccio

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: The drunken Hercules, House of the Stags, Herculaneum, Italy

The drunken Hercules, House of the Stags, Herculaneum, Italy

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Pandora

Pandora. Pandora (the all-gifted ) was the first mortal woman according to the Greek poet Hesiod. She was sent by Zeus as a gift to Epithemus

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Poseidon, or Neptune, Greek Roman mythology, wood engraving, published 1878

Poseidon, or Neptune, Greek Roman mythology, wood engraving, published 1878
Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Woodcut engraving, published in 1878

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Cupid and Psyche. Artist: Picot, Francois-Edouard (1786-1868)

Cupid and Psyche. Artist: Picot, Francois-Edouard (1786-1868)
Cupid and Psyche. Found in the collection of Louvre, Paris

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: A gorgon and panthers from the pediment of the temple of Artemis on Corfu

A gorgon and panthers from the pediment of the temple of Artemis on Corfu
The archaic west pediment of the temple of Artemis on Corfu, showing Medusa in the centre fleeing from Perseus. On the left side is Pegasus, and on the right is Chyrisppus

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: A landscape with wood; Diana offers a hare to a nymph; Silenus and Ceres in foreground, c1614

A landscape with wood; Diana offers a hare to a nymph; Silenus and Ceres in foreground, c1614. Artist: Abraham Govaerts
A landscape with wood; Diana offers a hare to a nymph; Silenus and Ceres in foreground, c1614. From a private collection

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Statues on the Lion Terrace, Delos, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cyclades Islands

Statues on the Lion Terrace, Delos, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cyclades Islands, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: PMYT2A-00075

PMYT2A-00075
Roman Jupiter, or Zeus in Greek mythology, god of the sky and of laws. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Apollo, God of Light, Eloquence, Poetry and the Fine Arts with Urania, Muse of Astronomy

Apollo, God of Light, Eloquence, Poetry and the Fine Arts with Urania, Muse of Astronomy
500329 Apollo, God of Light, Eloquence, Poetry and the Fine Arts with Urania, Muse of Astronomy, 1789 (oil on canvas) by Meynier, Charles (1768-1832); 275x235 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageGreek Mythology Collection: Circe, c. 1889 (oil on canvas)

Circe, c. 1889 (oil on canvas)
1128167 Circe, c.1889 (oil on canvas) by Barker, Wright (1864-1941); 138x188 cm; Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, West Yorkshire, UK; eBradford Museums & Galleries; English, out of copyright



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Greek mythology is a captivating realm filled with gods, heroes, and enchanting tales that have captivated the world for centuries. This Roman statue of a drunken Hercules reminds us of the larger-than-life figures that populate these ancient stories. Circe Invidiosa, painted by John William Waterhouse in 1892, depicts the sorceress who could transform men into animals with her potent potions. In this Greek vase painting from antiquity, Achilles and Patroclus stand side by side as symbols of loyalty and friendship amidst the chaos of war. The Olympian gods reign supreme in their celestial abode, overseeing mortal affairs while indulging in their own divine dramas. The Heroes Of The Trojan War are immortalized through epic poems like Homer's Iliad. Here we witness Hector's tragic demise at the hands of Achilles - a poignant reminder that even mighty warriors are not invincible. Sandro Botticelli's Primavera transports us to an idyllic scene where nymphs dance under blooming trees. Meanwhile, Narcissus and Echo remind us of love's complexities and its potential for both beauty and tragedy. JMW Turner's Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus captures Odysseus' cunning nature as he taunts the Cyclops during his perilous journey home. Dionysus and his wild Maenads embody ecstasy and madness in equal measure. Hermes cradles infant Dionysus gently in his arms - a symbol of protection amidst danger. Leda succumbs to Zeus disguised as a swan; their union resulting in legendary offspring such as Helen of Troy. Greek mythology continues to inspire artists across time periods - from ancient pottery to Renaissance masterpieces. These glimpses into mythical worlds serve as windows into our collective imagination, reminding us why these timeless tales continue to fascinate generations after generations.