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Mythological Figure Collection

In the realm of myth and legend, where gods and mortals intertwine, lies a world filled with captivating tales and extraordinary beings

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: The Titans Goblet, 1833. Creator: Thomas Cole

The Titans Goblet, 1833. Creator: Thomas Cole
The Titans Goblet, 1833

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Veneration of Demeter (Ceres) (engraving)

Veneration of Demeter (Ceres) (engraving)
7186067 Veneration of Demeter (Ceres) (engraving) by Saenredam, Jan (1565-1607); Private Collection; (add.info.: Veneration of Demeter (Ceres)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Odin questioning Mimir (colour litho)

Odin questioning Mimir (colour litho)
7173279 Odin questioning Mimir (colour litho) by Doepler, Carl Emil (1824-1905); Private Collection; (add.info.: Odin questioning Mimir)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: The fall of Icarus (detail) - 1636 (oil on canvas)

The fall of Icarus (detail) - 1636 (oil on canvas)
AIS5362386 The fall of Icarus (detail) - 1636 (oil on canvas) by Gowy, Jacob Peter (fl.1632-61); Prado, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: Deadalus is flying on his side); eIberfoto; Flemish, out of copyright

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Vivien and Merlin, 1874. Creator: Julia Margaret Cameron

Vivien and Merlin, 1874. Creator: Julia Margaret Cameron
Vivien and Merlin, 1874

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Kintoki Swims up the Waterfall (woodblock print) (see also 100501)

Kintoki Swims up the Waterfall (woodblock print) (see also 100501)
BAL177075 Kintoki Swims up the Waterfall (woodblock print) (see also 100501) by Kuniyoshi, Utagawa (1798-1861); Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Japanese, out of copyright

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: The Growth of Russia in Europe, 1300-1796 (colour litho)

The Growth of Russia in Europe, 1300-1796 (colour litho)
6016385 The Growth of Russia in Europe, 1300-1796 (colour litho) by Shepherd, William R. (1871-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Growth of Russia in Europe, 1300-1796)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Map of the Roman provinces of Gaul, Britannia and Germania (coloured engraving)

Map of the Roman provinces of Gaul, Britannia and Germania (coloured engraving)
7148263 Map of the Roman provinces of Gaul, Britannia and Germania (coloured engraving) by Kiepert, Heinrich (1818-99); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of the Roman provinces of Gaul)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: The Carolingian and Byzantine Empires and the Califate about 814 (colour litho)

The Carolingian and Byzantine Empires and the Califate about 814 (colour litho)
6016339 The Carolingian and Byzantine Empires and the Califate about 814 (colour litho) by Shepherd, William R. (1871-1934); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Bust of the Roman god Saturn (engraving)

Bust of the Roman god Saturn (engraving)
7147508 Bust of the Roman god Saturn (engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bust of the Roman god Saturn)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Initiation rites of the cult of Dionysus, fresco from the Villa Dei Mysteri

Initiation rites of the cult of Dionysus, fresco from the Villa Dei Mysteri
AIS5365809 Initiation rites of the cult of Dionysus, fresco from the Villa Dei Mysteri, 1st century BC (fresco) by Roman, (1st century BC); Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings from the St. Petersburg Album (opaque w/c)

Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings from the St. Petersburg Album (opaque w/c, ink & gold on paper)
7292102 Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings from the St. Petersburg Album (opaque w/c, ink & gold on paper) by Bichitr (fl.c)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: 'Oedipe et Antigone'La jeune fille aide son vieux pere aveugle a marcher

"Oedipe et Antigone"La jeune fille aide son vieux pere aveugle a marcher
FIA5352169 " Oedipe et Antigone" La jeune fille aide son vieux pere aveugle a marcher. Peinture de Karl Pavlovich Briullov (Brioullov) (1799-1852) 1821 State Art Museum, Tyumen by Briullov

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Claudio Monteverdis opera Orpheus (engraving)

Claudio Monteverdis opera Orpheus (engraving)
7149743 Claudio Monteverdis opera Orpheus (engraving) by Italian School, (17th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Italian compser Claudio Monteverdis opera Orpheus)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Athena guiding Telemachus in his search for Odysseus (colour litho)

Athena guiding Telemachus in his search for Odysseus (colour litho)
7201988 Athena guiding Telemachus in his search for Odysseus (colour litho) by Bonamy, Armand Joseph (fl.1900-30); Private Collection; (add.info.: Athena, disguised as Mentor)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: The Iliad: Andromache and Astyanax meet Hektor prepared for war (engraving)

The Iliad: Andromache and Astyanax meet Hektor prepared for war (engraving)
6026365 The Iliad: Andromache and Astyanax meet Hektor prepared for war (engraving) by Jacomb-Hood, George Percy (1857-1930); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Narcissus, 1876 (w / c)

Narcissus, 1876 (w / c)
MAL85983 Narcissus, 1876 (w/c) by Thornycroft, Helen (1848-1937); 26.7x32.4 cm; Mallett Gallery, London, UK; eMallett Gallery, London, UK; English, out of copyright

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: 'Sisyphus'

"Sisyphus"
AIS5380101 " Sisyphus" by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); Prado, Madrid, Spain; (add.info.: Representation of Sisyphus who is condemned to roll a stone on a top of a mountain)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Narcissus, c. 1597-99 (oil on canvas)

Narcissus, c. 1597-99 (oil on canvas)
LRI4620648 Narcissus, c.1597-99 (oil on canvas) by Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da (1571-1610); 110x92 cm; Palazzo Barberini, Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini, Rome

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Venus Verticordia (Venus the changer of hearts) - Oeuvre de Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Venus Verticordia (Venus the changer of hearts) - Oeuvre de Dante Gabriel Rossetti
FIA5401925 Venus Verticordia (Venus the changer of hearts) - Oeuvre de Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), 1868 - Watercolour, Gouache on Paper, 67x59 - Private Collection by Rossetti

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Ancient Greece: Athens, Acropolis - Parthenon, 1866 (coloured engraving)

Ancient Greece: Athens, Acropolis - Parthenon, 1866 (coloured engraving)
XEE702532 Ancient Greece: Athens, Acropolis - Parthenon, 1866 (coloured engraving) by Leutemann, Heinrich (1824-1905); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Charon transports the souls of the dead to the kingdom of Hades, 2nd half of 19th century

Charon transports the souls of the dead to the kingdom of Hades, 2nd half of 19th century. Creator: Mikhail Znamensky
Charon transports the souls of the dead to the kingdom of Hades, 2nd half of 19th century. From a collection of 239 drawings

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: The International Exhibition: marble statue - 'Sardanapalus' (from Byron's Tragedy)... 1862

The International Exhibition: marble statue - "Sardanapalus" (from Byron's Tragedy)... 1862
The International Exhibition: marble statue - "Sardanapalus" (from Byron's Tragedy), by H. Weekes, A.R.A. 1862....one of the single-figure statues commissioned for the Egyptian Hall of

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Selene and Endymion, c1770. Creator: Ubaldo Gandolfi

Selene and Endymion, c1770. Creator: Ubaldo Gandolfi
Selene and Endymion, c1770

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Odysseus and Nausicaa, c1655. Creator: Salvator Rosa

Odysseus and Nausicaa, c1655. Creator: Salvator Rosa
Odysseus and Nausicaa, c1655

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Odysseus and Nausicaa, c1655. Creator: Salvator Rosa

Odysseus and Nausicaa, c1655. Creator: Salvator Rosa
Odysseus and Nausicaa, c1655

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Pygmalion and Galatea, 1593. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

Pygmalion and Galatea, 1593. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
Pygmalion and Galatea, 1593

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: The Reunion of Cupid and Psyche, between c1789 and c1792. Creator: Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours

The Reunion of Cupid and Psyche, between c1789 and c1792. Creator: Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours
The Reunion of Cupid and Psyche, between c1789 and c1792

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Helen Saved by Venus from the Wrath of Aeneas, 1779. Creator: Jacques Henri Sablet

Helen Saved by Venus from the Wrath of Aeneas, 1779. Creator: Jacques Henri Sablet
Helen Saved by Venus from the Wrath of Aeneas, 1779

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Venus Wiping Herself Marble Sculpture by Giambologna (Giovanni da Bologna or Jean de Bologna or)

Venus Wiping Herself Marble Sculpture by Giambologna (Giovanni da Bologna or Jean de Bologna or Boulogne, 1529-1608)
BEN5479881 Venus Wiping Herself Marble Sculpture by Giambologna (Giovanni da Bologna or Jean de Bologna or Boulogne, 1529-1608), Museo del Bargello, Florence by Giambologna (Giovanni da Bologna)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Aeneas says Farewell to Dido, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)

Aeneas says Farewell to Dido, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)
XOS5886558 Aeneas says Farewell to Dido, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool) by Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco (Il Viterbese) (1610-62); 403x394 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Cupid disguised as Aeneas's son, presents gifts to Dido, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)

Cupid disguised as Aeneas's son, presents gifts to Dido, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)
XOS5886548 Cupid disguised as Aeneas's son, presents gifts to Dido, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool) by Romanelli

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Family of Satyrs with Dancing Cherubs, c. 1775-76 (w/c and brush work with graphite and gouache)

Family of Satyrs with Dancing Cherubs, c. 1775-76 (w/c and brush work with graphite and gouache)
XOS5884502 Family of Satyrs with Dancing Cherubs, c. 1775-76 (w/c and brush work with graphite and gouache) by David, Giovanni (1743-90); 48.3x55.8 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Dido Sacrifices to Juno, the Goddess of Marriage, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)

Dido Sacrifices to Juno, the Goddess of Marriage, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)
XOS5886550 Dido Sacrifices to Juno, the Goddess of Marriage, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool) by Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco (Il Viterbese) (1610-62); 411x464.5 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Hotei, from the series 'The Seven Gods of Good Luck in Modern Life (Ukiyo shichi fukujin)'

Hotei, from the series "The Seven Gods of Good Luck in Modern Life (Ukiyo shichi fukujin)"
5859571 Hotei, from the series "The Seven Gods of Good Luck in Modern Life (Ukiyo shichi fukujin)", 1c.1769 (colour woodblock print; chuban) by Harunobu

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Carved lotus flower, detail from an exterior wall, 1643 (marble)

Carved lotus flower, detail from an exterior wall, 1643 (marble)
DND184162 Carved lotus flower, detail from an exterior wall, 1643 (marble) by Lahori, Ustad Ahmad (fl.1630-47); Taj Mahal, Agra, India; Dinodia

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Dido and Aeneas seek shelter from a storm, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)

Dido and Aeneas seek shelter from a storm, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)
XOS5886553 Dido and Aeneas seek shelter from a storm, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool) by Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco (Il Viterbese) (1610-62); 416.4x418.8 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Fukurokuju, from the series 'The Seven Gods of Good Luck in the Floating World

Fukurokuju, from the series "The Seven Gods of Good Luck in the Floating World (Ukiyo Shichi Fukujin)"
5859572 Fukurokuju, from the series "The Seven Gods of Good Luck in the Floating World (Ukiyo Shichi Fukujin)", c.1769 (colour woodblock print; chuban) by Harunobu

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: The Death of Dido, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)

The Death of Dido, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)
XOS5886561 The Death of Dido, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool) by Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco (Il Viterbese) (1610-62); 414x466.5 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Dido and Aeneas, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)

Dido and Aeneas, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)
XOS5886546 Dido and Aeneas, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool) by Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco (Il Viterbese) (1610-62); Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Dido shows Aeneas the plans for the fortifications of Carthage, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)

Dido shows Aeneas the plans for the fortifications of Carthage, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool)
XOS5886549 Dido shows Aeneas the plans for the fortifications of Carthage, 1679 (tapestry weave: silk and wool) by Romanelli

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Goddess Riding a Dragon, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai

Goddess Riding a Dragon, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu)
5859846 Goddess Riding a Dragon, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu), c.1814 (colour woodblock print (album sheet)) by Hokusai

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Hotei Smoking his Pipe, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai

Hotei Smoking his Pipe, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu)
5859844 Hotei Smoking his Pipe, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu), c.1814 (colour woodblock print (album sheet)) by Hokusai

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Jurojin, from the series 'The Seven Gods of Good Luck in the Floating World (Ukiyo Shichi Fukujin)'

Jurojin, from the series "The Seven Gods of Good Luck in the Floating World (Ukiyo Shichi Fukujin)"
5859573 Jurojin, from the series "The Seven Gods of Good Luck in the Floating World (Ukiyo Shichi Fukujin)", c.1769 (colour woodblock print; chuban) by Harunobu

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Mercury kills Argus, 17th century (drawing)

Mercury kills Argus, 17th century (drawing)
3125033 Mercury kills Argus, 17th century (drawing) by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-69); (add.info.: Mercury kills Argus. On the left the cow)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: C13644

C13644
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Background imageMythological Figure Collection: A mad woman. Detail of Philippe Pinel delivers the insane at La Salpetriere, 1876 (Painting)

A mad woman. Detail of Philippe Pinel delivers the insane at La Salpetriere, 1876 (Painting)
7422862 A mad woman. Detail of Philippe Pinel delivers the insane at La Salpetriere, 1876 (Painting) by Robert-Fleury, Tony (1837-1912); (add.info.: Medicine. Psychology. A mad woman)

Background imageMythological Figure Collection: Cephalus and Aurora, c.1630 (oil on canvas)

Cephalus and Aurora, c.1630 (oil on canvas)
8298302 Cephalus and Aurora, c.1630 (oil on canvas) by Poussin, Nicolas (1594-1665); 96.9 -- 131.3 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; (add.info.: Aurora, goddess of dawn)



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In the realm of myth and legend, where gods and mortals intertwine, lies a world filled with captivating tales and extraordinary beings. From the brushstrokes of Thomas Cole's "The Titans Goblet" to the vibrant colors of "The Growth of Russia in Europe, " these artistic masterpieces transport us to ancient times. Step into the Villa Dei Mysteri, where initiation rites unfold before our eyes in a fresco that unveils the secrets of Dionysus' cult. Witness Jahangir's preference for spiritual wisdom over earthly power in his opulent St. Petersburg Album. Odin himself seeks knowledge from Mimir, as depicted in a mesmerizing lithograph that captures their profound encounter. Karl Pavlovich Briullov's poignant painting portrays Oedipe's daughter guiding her blind father with unwavering devotion. Travel through time to experience Claudio Monteverdi's operatic masterpiece "Orpheus" through an enchanting engraving. Athena becomes Telemachus' guiding light on his quest for Odysseus, portrayed vividly in a lithograph bursting with color. Narcissus gazes upon his own reflection, lost within its allure as captured by delicate watercolors. Julia Margaret Cameron brings Vivien and Merlin to life with her evocative portrayal of their mystical connection. Marvel at Kintoki defying nature itself as he swims up a waterfall in a mesmerizing woodblock print that exudes strength and determination. Andromache embraces Astyanax while Hektor prepares for war - an emotional scene immortalized forever in an exquisite engraving inspired by Homer's epic poem, The Iliad. These glimpses into mythology remind us of humanity’s fascination with larger-than-life figures who shape our collective imagination. They invite us to delve deeper into these timeless stories that continue to captivate hearts across generations.