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The Apotheosis of Hercules
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Borkens, Jean Baptiste
The Apotheosis of Hercules
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Borkens, Jean Baptiste

Hércules aparece en obras de autores como Homero, Hesidodo y Peisandros de Rodas, supuesto escritor de sus doce trabajos. También Ovidio habla de él de manera breve en las Metamorfosis, concretamente [+]

Nymphs and Satyrs
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul
Nymphs and Satyrs
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul

In this picture, the setting epitomises the classical concept of a Locus amoenus ("pleasant place") which developed from the time of Homer and referred to an ideal place for sensual being, with flowin [+]

Diana and Callisto
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul
Diana and Callisto
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul

When Rubens visited the Spanish court in Madrid from late August 1628 until April 1629, he copied many of the numerous paintings by Titian in the royal collection. He was seduced by the radical techni [+]

Briseis returned to Achilles by Nestor
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Briseis returned to Achilles by Nestor
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

A model for the tapestry on the same subject that belongs to a series of eight about the Greek hero. The Story of Achilles is smaller than other projects by Rubens, but the quality of its sketches, mo [+]

Olympus. The Battle of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1767 - 1768
Bayeu, Francisco
Olympus. The Battle of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1767 - 1768
Bayeu, Francisco

Francisco Bayeu, who came from minor nobility, trained in Zaragoza under José Luzán (who, years later, would also teach Francisco de Goya). However, a decisive change in the young Bayeu´ [+]

The Abduction of Helen
Oil on canvas. 1578 - 1579
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
The Abduction of Helen
Oil on canvas. 1578 - 1579
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti

Helen’s move from Sparta to Troy is described very differently in the two oldest narratives. In the Iliad, Homer describes Helen’s reticence to abandon Menelaeus, suggesting she was kidnapped by Paris [+]

The Toilet of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Albani, Francesco
The Toilet of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Albani, Francesco

Francesco Albani was a much favoured pupil of Annibale Carracci. His success was partially due to mythological paintings such as The toilet of Venus (P1) and The judgement of Paris (P2), whose refined [+]

Parnassus
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1631
Poussin, Nicolas
Parnassus
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1631
Poussin, Nicolas

Parnassus, the mythological mountain of Apollo and the Muses is the scene for a celebration of the Arts, especially Poetry. Apollo offers the nectar of the gods to a poet, probably Homer, who is crown [+]

Vulcan forging the Thunderbolts of Jupiter
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
Vulcan forging the Thunderbolts of Jupiter
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

Peter Paul Rubens executed this painting between 1636 and 1637 on a commission from Philip IV for the Torre de la Parada. The decoration of this royal hunting pavilion, in which other artists such as [+]

The Death of Niobe's Children
Pencil, Grey-brown ink, Wash on brown paper. 1570 - 1580
Cambiaso, Luca
The Death of Niobe's Children
Pencil, Grey-brown ink, Wash on brown paper. 1570 - 1580
Cambiaso, Luca

As related in the Homeric story, Queen Niobe, the wife of Amphion, King of Thebes, was the mother of six sons and six daughters, of whom she was greatly proud. She deemed herself superior to Latona, w [+]

Ganymede
White marble. 160 - 170
Anonymous
Ganymede
White marble. 160 - 170
Anonymous

This decorative roman work is based on Hellenistic iconography that arose in the third century B.C. It shows the moment before Zeus, who has taken the form of an eagle, abducts the mythical shepherd o [+]

Herm of the epic poet Homer
White marble. Third quarter of the I century
Roman Sculptor
Herm of the epic poet Homer
White marble. Third quarter of the I century
Roman Sculptor

Portraits of Homer, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the earliest works of Western literature (8th century B.C.), were made only many years after his death, when any reliable memories of his appea [+]

Pensive Muse
Africano marble, White marble. 50 - 90
Anonymous
Pensive Muse
Africano marble, White marble. 50 - 90
Anonymous

The late Hellenistic relief of The Apotheosis of Homer in the British Museum in London includes a muse almost identical to this one at the entrance to a grotto, attentively listening to the lyre music [+]

Blind Homer
White marble. Third quarter of the II century
Roman Sculptor
Blind Homer
White marble. Third quarter of the II century
Roman Sculptor

A Roman copy of a Hellenistic image of the poet sculpted between 150 and 125 B.C. The author of the Iliad and the Odyssey was venerated throughout Classical Antiquity. He was imagined with a variety o [+]

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