Obelisk Art History
Themes in Art

Epic Poems

Metamorphoses, Ancient Rome

The transformations of man and gods from before formation of the world


Ovid, 1 CE
The Aeneid, Ancient Rome

The adventures of Aeneis the Trojan, and what happens when the gods hate you

The Aeneid

Virgil, 19 CE
The Divine Comedy, Gothic Art

The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri, 1320
The Epic of Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia

The world's oldest super hero story

The Epic of Gilgamesh

2100 BCE
The Gilgamesh Flood Tablet, Mesopotamia

The Gilgamesh Flood Tablet

700 BCE
The Iliad, Ancient Greece

The Iliad

Homer, translated by Samuel Butler, 800 BCE
The Mahābhārata, Classical India

It takes 1.8 million words to describe the meaning of life

The Mahābhārata

Vyasa, 400 BCE
The Odyssey, Ancient Greece

The Odyssey

Homer, 800 BCE
More Themes in Art
Self-portraits, Themes in Art


The canvas mirror

Ancient Classics, Themes in Art

Ancient Classics

A good story never gets old

Metaphysical Art, Themes in Art

Metaphysical Art

Discomforting dreamscapes

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