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Mythology

There is no single mythology. There are, however, multiple, mysterious mythologies, which have been sources of fascination and terror across the centuries. Starting in Ancient Egypt and passing through Greece and Rome, we find ourselves in Scandinavia, the birthplace of Celtic myths. Art has always been linked to beliefs, and each of these belief systems and mythologies has their own aesthetic codes and cultural practices. The most popular version of mythology is undoubtedly the Greco-Roman variations, which have been retold and reconfigured time and time again throughout the ages. It has also served as a constant source of inspiration for artists, allowing them to reference common themes which facilitated the interpretation of their works. Nowadays, mythology can therefore be found in all possible artistic forms.

Apart from Antiquity, during which it was commonplace, Greco-Roman mythology first came to the fore during the 15th century. By definition, during the Renaissance it was well seen to imitate the classics by using their codes and allegories.One of the most famous example of this period is Botticelli's Venus and its virginal splendour. Venus, in fact, is one of the figures most appreciated by artists, inspiring among other things Ingres for his Grande Odalisque or Manet's Olympia. More recently, the Venus of Milo was revisited, notably by Hans Peter Feldmann and Jim Dine.

From the 16th to the 18th century, mythological paintings symbolized an ideal world for artists, nostalgic for the lost unity between man and nature. As an instrument of political propaganda, mythology was used for the glorification of monarchs and their court, syncretised in allegorical paintings. Finally, for aesthetes, mythological motifs catalysed a certain sensuality serving the ideal of pure beauty and mad passions sought by artists. Driven by the Gustave Moreau's symbolic reflections, mythology became a powerful philosophical vector at the end of the Belle Epoque.

During the 20th century, it was Klimt who was passionate about Greek aesthetics in his representation of the female figure. His representation of Danae and  while Pallas Athena embodies the woman of power. Mirroring his own situation, he painted Sappho as a melancholic artist. Recently, great names such as Jeff Koons in his Gazing Balls or Banksy through his sculptures re-used the aesthetics of the Greek statue. The American artist Adam Reeder reclaims mythology from a perspective of social commentary, representing Greek gods and heroes interacting with Apple products. In photography, too, myth inspires. Kimiko Yoshida's "Paintings" series, for example, includes famous works such as Veronese's Venus, giving them a futuristic aspect. Finally, we see Louise Bourgeois' Maman invading cities around the world, a bittersweet re-reading of the myth of Arachne.

For our contemporaries, the codes of mythology are therefore more relevant than ever in the world of art. The legacy of the Ancients will not be forgotten any time soon, especially with the recent return of fantastic epic in literature and cinema.

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Christophe Charbonnel, Asclépios, buste, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Asclépios, buste, 2019
18.7 x 18.9 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$24,731

Eric Liot, Athéna, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Athéna, 2020
39 x 18.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$21,022

Liddy Walker Napanangka, Wakirlpirri Jukurrpa (Dogwood Tree Dreaming), Painting

Liddy Walker Napanangka

Wakirlpirri Jukurrpa (Dogwood Tree Dreaming), 2011
24 x 18.1 inch
Painting

$1,175

Nathania Granites Nangala, Warlukurlangu Jukurrpa (Fire country Dreaming), Painting

Nathania Granites Nangala

Warlukurlangu Jukurrpa (Fire country Dreaming), 2019
29.9 x 29.9 inch
Painting

$2,226

Edmond Li Bellefroid, Méduse, Painting

Edmond Li Bellefroid

Méduse, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,710

Albena Vatcheva, Au bon port, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Au bon port, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$110 $121

César Orrico, Fauno I, Sculpture

César Orrico

Fauno I, 2017
11.8 x 7.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,710

Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna, Belsassar, Painting

Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna

Belsassar, 2020
31.5 x 43.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,551

AEC Interesni Kazki, The Birth Of A Supernova, Print

AEC Interesni Kazki

The Birth Of A Supernova, 2020
24 x 28 x 0 inch
Print

$866

AEC Interesni Kazki, The Birth Of A Supernova, Fine Art Drawings

AEC Interesni Kazki

The Birth Of A Supernova, 2018
16.5 x 20.5 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$4,946

Françoise Dugourd-Caput, Attrape cœur, Photography

Françoise Dugourd-Caput

Attrape cœur, 2019
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$1,348

Sarah White Napurrurla, Janmarda Jukurrpa (Bush Onion Dreaming), Painting

Sarah White Napurrurla

Janmarda Jukurrpa (Bush Onion Dreaming), 2017
48 x 24 inch
Painting

$2,226

Pichi & Avo, Hybrid Hero, Sculpture

Pichi & Avo

Hybrid Hero, 2020
14.2 x 10.6 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,840 $2,164

Payu Napaltjarri, Sans titre, Painting

Payu Napaltjarri

Sans titre, 2017
42.1 x 11 inch
Painting

$2,473

Nikita, Fleur de lys, Painting

Nikita

Fleur de lys, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,720

Léo  Caillard, Hercule Torsadé, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Hercule Torsadé, 2020
29.5 x 9.8 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$17,312

Aurèle Barraud, Nature morte et son pot en cuivre, Painting

Aurèle Barraud

Nature morte et son pot en cuivre, 1937
23.8 x 33.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,134

Emre, Hercule Surf, Photography

Emre

Hercule Surf, 2017
33.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$8,656

Debbie Brown Napaljarri, Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), Painting

Debbie Brown Napaljarri

Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming), 2020
18.1 x 18.1 inch
Painting

$927

Yuki Onodera, Annular Eclipse_Cock, Print

Yuki Onodera

Annular Eclipse_Cock, 2007
91.7 x 59.8 x 0 inch
Print

$24,731

Leah Sampson Nampijinpa, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, Painting

Leah Sampson Nampijinpa

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu, 2020
24 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$927

Alain Gilier, Le centaure, Sculpture

Alain Gilier

Le centaure, 2016
18.9 x 10.2 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,855

Rol, Hulk, Fine Art Drawings

Rol

Hulk, 2018
44.9 x 47.2 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$19,167

Celestine Tex Nungarrayi, Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa (Lappi Lappi Dreaming), Painting

Celestine Tex Nungarrayi

Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa (Lappi Lappi Dreaming), 2020
18.1 x 18.1 inch
Painting

$742

Florence Tex Nungarrayi, Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa (Lappi Lappi Dreaming), Painting

Florence Tex Nungarrayi

Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa (Lappi Lappi Dreaming), 2020
18.1 x 18.1 inch
Painting

$742

Natasha Oldfield Nakamarra, Warna Jukurrpa - Snake Dreaming, Painting

Natasha Oldfield Nakamarra

Warna Jukurrpa - Snake Dreaming, 2019
29.9 x 18.1 inch
Painting

$1,484

Athena Granites Nangala, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, Painting

Athena Granites Nangala

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$433

Zenaida Gallagher Nampijinpa, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, Painting

Zenaida Gallagher Nampijinpa

Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 2019
24 x 48 inch
Painting

$2,720

Christian Despic, Sea Creature, Print

Christian Despic

Sea Creature, 1970
13 x 9.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$309

Ernesto Dick, Skiers XII (December), Painting

Ernesto Dick

Skiers XII (December), 1933
9.1 x 17.3 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$2,226

Christine Curtis Nakamarra, Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming), Painting

Christine Curtis Nakamarra

Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming), 2020
35.8 x 35.8 inch
Painting

$3,215

Theo Hudson Nangala, Theo Hudson Nangala, Painting

Theo Hudson Nangala

Theo Hudson Nangala, 2017
35.8 x 24 inch
Painting

$3,215

Stamatis Theoharis, Hercules MMXVII, Painting

Stamatis Theoharis

Hercules MMXVII, 2017
19.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,533

Edwin  Salomon, Panthers, Painting

Edwin Salomon

Panthers, 1989
57.1 x 57.1 inch
Painting

$18,000

Apostolos Chantzaras, Myth and Games II, Painting

Apostolos Chantzaras

Myth and Games II, 2015
23.6 x 24.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,002

Ramon Maiden, Mucha, Fine Art Drawings

Ramon Maiden

Mucha, 2018
17.1 x 11 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$927

Carlos Antonio Sablon Perez, De la Série "Les Creatores d'Adamu", Painting

Carlos Antonio Sablon Perez

De la Série "Les Creatores d'Adamu", 2014
59.1 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$14,839

Barbara Rosiak, A baroque improvisation, Print

Barbara Rosiak

A baroque improvisation, 1980
9.6 x 6.5 inch
Print

$495

Dananjaya Edirisinghe, The Sacred Heart, Sculpture

Dananjaya Edirisinghe

The Sacred Heart, 2019
28.3 x 19.3 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$485

Jan Szczepkowski, Remains and fragments, Painting

Jan Szczepkowski

Remains and fragments, 2013
59.1 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,215

Christophe Stephan Durand, N°12, Frères et sœurs, Painting

Christophe Stephan Durand

N°12, Frères et sœurs, 2017
24 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,978

Louis Pons, Pons, Fine Art Drawings

Louis Pons

Pons, 1962
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$6,801

Jacek Sowicki, Schizophrenia, Painting

Jacek Sowicki

Schizophrenia, 2002
22 x 31.1 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$866

Onie Jackson, Mythologie Contemporaine, Sculpture

Onie Jackson

Mythologie Contemporaine, 2021
18.9 x 12.6 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,720

Edward Shahda, Icarus 15, Fine Art Drawings

Edward Shahda

Icarus 15, 2014
21.3 x 14.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,700

Franciszek Bunsch, A rickety pegasus, Print

Franciszek Bunsch

A rickety pegasus, 2008
4.9 x 3.9 inch
Print

$235

Damian Rucci, Thor, Painting

Damian Rucci

Thor, 2015
39.4 x 27.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$804

Stephen and Lorna Kirin, Jacob's Ladder, Fine Art Drawings

Stephen and Lorna Kirin

Jacob's Ladder, 2018
22.8 x 18.5 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,296

Wilson Bigaud, Voodoo Dance, Painting

Wilson Bigaud

Voodoo Dance, 1970
24 x 24 inch
Painting

$7,500

Edward Shahda, Icarus 11, Painting

Edward Shahda

Icarus 11, 2014
21.3 x 14.6 inch
Painting

$1,700

Decycle, Medusa (serpent), Print

Decycle

Medusa (serpent), 2017
22.8 x 30.7 inch
Print

$247

Fabio Timpanaro, Sulla Concezione Tridimensionale del Tempo, Painting

Fabio Timpanaro

Sulla Concezione Tridimensionale del Tempo, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,855

Laurent Simon, Le Koudou, Sculpture

Laurent Simon

Le Koudou, 2015
47.2 x 35.4 x 21.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,401

Guillaume Garrié, La Chevauchée de Poséidon, Painting

Guillaume Garrié

La Chevauchée de Poséidon, 2021
45.7 x 35 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$5,565

Olivier, Le retour de cigognes, Painting

Olivier

Le retour de cigognes, 2016
28.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$852

Robert Bartel, Landscape, Print

Robert Bartel

Landscape, 1991
25.2 x 19.3 inch
Print

$433

Jean-Pierre Ceytaire, Roitelet couronné, Painting

Jean-Pierre Ceytaire

Roitelet couronné, 2010
13 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,586

Mathilde Schmill, Ariane, Painting

Mathilde Schmill

Ariane, 2021
21.3 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$1,237

Krasimir Bonev, The route of Jason, Painting

Krasimir Bonev

The route of Jason, 1999
19.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$804

Yvan Philmer, Les épousailles de juin, Painting

Yvan Philmer

Les épousailles de juin, 2013
20.1 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,360

Isa Sator, Fiona Satyre, Painting

Isa Sator

Fiona Satyre, 2015
76.8 x 38.2 inch
Painting

$6,801

Car-di, Marie-Lou, Painting

Car-di

Marie-Lou, 2010
17.7 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,484

Charles Newington, Predator, Print

Charles Newington

Predator, 2010
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,237

Jason Théodosiou, Totem - Réminiscence, Sculpture

Jason Théodosiou

Totem - Réminiscence, 2020
20.9 x 10.2 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,447

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