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Mythology

Myths are the stories and legends we create to explain human nature, morality, and what goes bump in the night. The Sumerians told their children of god-kings enforcing justice, and radical minds like William Blake created fearsome personal mythologies of good and evil.

Return of Spring

Return of Spring

William-Adolphe Bouguereau1886
Temptations of St Jerome

Temptations of St Jerome

Giorgio Vasari1541
Assumption of the Virgin

Assumption of the Virgin

Titian1516-1518
The Mourning of Christ

The Mourning of Christ

Giotto di Bondone1304-1306
The Garden of Love

The Garden of Love

Peter Paul Rubens1633
The Feast of Venus

The Feast of Venus

Peter Paul Rubens1636-1637
Our Lady of Peace

Our Lady of Peace

Evelyn De Morgan1902
Cupid as Victor

Cupid as Victor

Caravaggio1601
Chloe's Judgement

Chloe's Judgement

Marc Chagall1961
Lady Lilith

Lady Lilith

Dante Gabriel Rossetti1866-1873
Kohada Koheiji

Kohada Koheiji

Katsushika Hokusai1831
Les Origines — Cover

Les Origines — Cover

Odilon Redon1883
The Chimaeras

The Chimaeras

Gustave Moreau1884
The Earth Spider Creating Monsters

The Earth Spider Creating Monsters

Utagawa Kuniyoshi1843
The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters

The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes1799
Minotaur or Faun and Nymph

Minotaur or Faun and Nymph

François Auguste René Rodin1886
Echo

Echo

Alexandre Cabanel1874
Fantasy

Fantasy

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes1866
Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss

Antonio Canova1787-1793
Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus

Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus

Angelica Kauffmann1774
Bacchus and Ariadne

Bacchus and Ariadne

Angelica Kauffmann1794
Bacchus

Bacchus

Caravaggio1596
Diana the Huntress

Diana the Huntress

Giampietrino1526
Andromeda

Andromeda

François Auguste René Rodin1885-1886
The Meal at Drya's House

The Meal at Drya's House

Marc Chagall1961
Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto

Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto

Marc Chagall1961
Proserpine

Proserpine

Dante Gabriel Rossetti1882
Danaë

Danaë

Gustav Klimt1907-1908
Laocoön

Laocoön

William Blake1825-1827
Narcissus

Narcissus

Caravaggio1594-1596
The Goddess Aurora Triumphing Over Night

The Goddess Aurora Triumphing Over Night

Jean-Honoré Fragonard1755-1756
The Goddess Minvera

The Goddess Minvera

Jean-Honoré Fragonard1772
Pandora

Pandora

Alexandre Cabanel1873
Female Allegory

Female Allegory

Angelica Kauffmann1780
Psyche Abandoned

Psyche Abandoned

Jacques-Louis David1795
The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons

The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons

Jacques-Louis David1789
The Death of Socrates

The Death of Socrates

Jacques-Louis David1787
The Intervention of the Sabine Women

The Intervention of the Sabine Women

Jacques-Louis David1795-1799
The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis

The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis

Jacques-Louis David1818
Saturn Devouring one of his Children

Saturn Devouring one of his Children

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes1823
Laocoön

Laocoön

El Greco1604-1614
The Abduction of Psyche

The Abduction of Psyche

William-Adolphe Bouguereau1895
The Dream of the Architect

The Dream of the Architect

Thomas Cole1840
Diane Hunting

Diane Hunting

Marie Laurencin1908
Adonis Relinquishing Venus for the Hunt

Adonis Relinquishing Venus for the Hunt

Titian1460
Bacchus and Ariadne

Bacchus and Ariadne

Titian1522-1523
Sisyphus

Sisyphus

Titian1548-1549
Mars, Venus and Amor

Mars, Venus and Amor

Titian1530
Perseus Releases Andromeda

Perseus Releases Andromeda

Peter Paul Rubens1622
The Fall of Phaeton

The Fall of Phaeton

Peter Paul Rubens1604-1605
Chasseress

Chasseress

Romaine Brooks1920
Portia Wounding her Thigh

Portia Wounding her Thigh

Elisabetta Sirani1664
Diana and her Companions

Diana and her Companions

Johannes Vermeer1653-1654
Phaethon

Phaethon

Gustave Moreau1878
The Muses Leaving Their Father Apollo

The Muses Leaving Their Father Apollo

Gustave Moreau1868
Centaur

Centaur

Odilon Redon1895-1900
Les Origines — Plate 3

Les Origines — Plate 3

Odilon Redon1883
The Cyclops

The Cyclops

Odilon Redon1914
Theseus and the Minotaur

Theseus and the Minotaur

Edward Burne-Jones1861
Pygmalion and the Image — The Godhead Fires

Pygmalion and the Image — The Godhead Fires

Edward Burne-Jones1878
Pygmalion and the Image — The Heart Desires

Pygmalion and the Image — The Heart Desires

Edward Burne-Jones1878
Phyllis and Demophoon

Phyllis and Demophoon

Edward Burne-Jones1870
Hesiod and the Muses

Hesiod and the Muses

Gustave Moreau1870
Oedipus and the Sphinx

Oedipus and the Sphinx

Gustave Moreau1864

Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man

Antigone, by Sophocles

442 BCE
Chimera of Arezzo

Chimera of Arezzo

400 BCE
Young Hercules

Young Hercules

69-96
Perseus and Andromeda

Perseus and Andromeda

90 BCE

Aeneid

Virgil19

Metamorphoses

Ovid1

Book 1

8

Book 14

8

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8

Book 12

8

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8

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8

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8

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8

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8

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8

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8

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8

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8

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8

The Iliad

Homer800 BCE
Sappho and Phaon

Sappho and Phaon

Jacques-Louis David1809
Nymph and Satyr

Nymph and Satyr

Alexandre Cabanel1860
The Three Graces

The Three Graces

Marie Laurencin1921
The Three Graces

The Three Graces

Marie Bracquemond1880
The Three Graces

The Three Graces

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Psyche Panel 7 — Cupid Carrying Psyche Up to Heaven

Psyche Panel 7 — Cupid Carrying Psyche Up to Heaven

Maurice Denis1908
Psyche Panel 1 — Eros is Struck by Psyche's Beauty

Psyche Panel 1 — Eros is Struck by Psyche's Beauty

Maurice Denis1908
Psyche Panel 2 — Zephyr Transporting Psyche to the Island of Delight

Psyche Panel 2 — Zephyr Transporting Psyche to the Island of Delight

Maurice Denis1908
Psyche Panel 3 — Psyche Discovers that Her Mysterious Lover is Eros

Psyche Panel 3 — Psyche Discovers that Her Mysterious Lover is Eros

Maurice Denis1908
Psyche Panel 6 — Psyche's Kin Bid Her Farewell

Psyche Panel 6 — Psyche's Kin Bid Her Farewell

Maurice Denis1908

Book 1

Homer800 BCE

Book 24

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Book 23

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Book 22

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Book 21

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Book 20

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Book 19

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Book 18

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Book 15

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Book 14

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Book 13

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Book 12

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Book 11

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Book 10

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Book 9

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Book 8

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Book 7

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Book 6

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Book 5

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Book 4

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Book 3

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Book 2

Homer800 BCE

The Odyssey

Homer800 BCE

Book 1

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Book 24

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Book 23

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Book 22

Homer800 BCE

Book 21

Homer800 BCE

Book 20

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Book 19

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Book 17

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Book 15

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Book 14

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Book 13

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Book 12

Homer800 BCE

Book 11

Homer800 BCE

Book 10

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Book 9

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Book 8

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Book 7

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Book 6

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Book 5

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Book 4

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Book 3

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Book 2

Homer800 BCE
Venus Verticordia

Venus Verticordia

Dante Gabriel Rossetti1863-1868
The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

William-Adolphe Bouguereau1879
The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

Alexandre Cabanel1863
Venus, Cupid, and Satyr

Venus, Cupid, and Satyr

Agnolo Bronzino1553-1554
An Allegory with Venus and Cupid

An Allegory with Venus and Cupid

Agnolo Bronzino1545
The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

Odilon Redon1912
Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces

Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces

Jacques-Louis David1822-1824
Venus and Cupid

Venus and Cupid

Artemisia Gentileschi1625-1630
Psyche Panel 4 — The Vengeance of Venus

Psyche Panel 4 — The Vengeance of Venus

Maurice Denis1908
Venus Rising from the Sea

Venus Rising from the Sea

Gustave Moreau1866
Sacred and Profane Love

Sacred and Profane Love

Titian1514
The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

Sandro Botticelli1483-1485
Statue of Aphrodite

Statue of Aphrodite

100
Venus Italica

Venus Italica

Antonio Canova1822-1823
Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto

Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto

Caravaggio1597
Psyche Panel 5 — Jupiter Bestows Immortality on Psyche

Psyche Panel 5 — Jupiter Bestows Immortality on Psyche

Maurice Denis1908

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