Mythology Archive

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“Cupid and Psyche” is a depiction of the love of psyche and the cupid, Eros. It is a sub-story of the ancient novel The Golden Ass by Apuleius. And allegedly, some essences of the story have been used in the other known fairy-tales like Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin and The Beauty and the Beast. In a nutshell, the story is about a princess named Psyche (means soul or breath of life) and the cupid Eros’ love. After living together for a while, somehow, they fall apart and then psyche’s quest to get her love begins. There came too many obstacles in-between, which are the inspirations of the fairy-tale. But, all in all, at the end they get together and there was a big gathering for their marriage. This story with mythological elements, adorned by many artists, […]

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The Austrian painter Hans Zatzka is known for painting women in rich environment. His themes varied from mythology to fantasy and sometimes real places. But, his most prolific works represents mythological characters in different sets. The current painting is about the Greek goddess Venus in lying on a ground surrounded by the ‘attendants’. Here, the attendants are the love-angles as the Venus herself is the goddess of love, merrymaking and prosperity. The artist has put her in a surrounding which matches her nature, power and her voluptuous effect in general. The little angles are obviously there of their characteristic resemblances with cupids. Though, they don’t have the bows and arrows of love like cupids but these little angles are as charming and create a sense […]

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The Creation of Adam is a part of the Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco created by Michelangelo. It is the most famous part of the whole ceiling. The depiction represents God accompanied by angles giving the ‘touch of life’ to Adam. It is a visual representation of the event from the Book of Genesis when on the sixth day, god created Adam, eve and other flora and fauna. Story of Creation of Adam and Eve According to the Book of Genesis (the first book of the Hebrew Bible), God first created Adam on the sixth day. He put him in the Garden of Eden and went away to create other things like animals, trees, rivers, etc. (including trees of knowledge and life). Then after he brought […]

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William Frost, an English painter from Victorian era, has depicted the mythological figure of Terpischore in the current portrayal. In Greek mythology, Terpischore is one of the nine Muses who are the goddesses of literation, science and arts with different departments allocated to each of them. Terpischore possess the knowledge of dance and dramatic chorus. Even the meaning of her name is “delight in dancing” and her emblem is a lyre. William Frost has represented the same figure in a different angle of sensuality and love in this oil-on-paper painting. The heart-shaped emblem which she seems to playing with her fingers is the symbol of the intimacy she desires to have. The shy face with downward eyes consist the feminine demure. It is very poetic […]

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You may have heard about the mystical figure of Orpheus from the Greek mythology. But, I think the background story needs to be told to understand the essence of this artwork. Orpheus was a proficient poet and musician with the magical ability to mesmerize all living things with his music. It was an incredible expertise for a musician. That’s why, everyone was always so eager to hear him. The legend goes further with the death of his wife. To redeem her from the grip of death, he went to the underworld. By his music, the things living in underworld got mesmerized and allowed him pass all the way to the Hades – the underworld king. Hades heard about his misery and decided to let his […]

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  The whole story of Tower of Babel concludes as the reason of the different languages on earth. The tower of babe is the reason, the face of earth adheres so many different languages, totally dissimilar to each other. Story of babel goes like this in Book of Genesis: People with one language and similar mentality coming from east sets out a quest to build a tower so high, which could reach the skies, or ‘the heavens’ as some descriptions says. Gods didn’t like this and thought it as a dishonor. To stop them, some of the gods came down on earth and scattered the people building the tower on the different part of the world and giving them different languages. Thus, they stopped making […]

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