The Louvre: mythical figures II

Tales and figures from Greek and Roman mythology have been popular subjects among classical artists. Last time I posted about the marble sculptures depicting the goddesses and mythical lovers, so this time I’m posting the famous paintings rendering the dramatic scenes from the wondrous tales. Since I’m not an expert on classical art, it took a bit of trouble to extract the information about each artwork. But it was immensely enjoyable, for I could learn about more paintings on same subjects. Maybe I should purchase a hard-cover collection of these arts… (which I should have done before leaving the museum!)

“Medea (1862)” by Eugene Delacroix. As one of the most vengeful heroines in Greek mythology, she murders her own children after being abandoned by Jason.

“Diana Resting after Her Bath (1742)” by Francois Boucher. Her Crescent-shaped hairpin reveals her divinity.

“Cupid and Psyche (1798)” by François Pascal Simon Gérard. This painting is personally the most adorable rendition of the mythical couple, symbolizing the union of love and emotion.

“Cupid and Psyche (1819)” by Francois-Edouard Picot. In the famous tale, Psyche is lured into a mysterious castle in which she was served by formless servants and visited nightly by her invisible husband who flees her every morning.

Another major mythical couple, “Paris and Helene” by Jacque-Louis David. It was a relatively small painting so please excuse the poor resolution… In this painting, Paris is nude whereas Helene is fully clothed, an unusual feature when most of the paintings from the same period feature female nude a lot more.

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