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Art in galleries related to Greek mythology

A powerfully muscled nude man sits astride a fearsome sea creature. He grasps an oar in his left hand and the beast's reins in his right, while a cloth billows out behind him. A variety of humanoid creatures frolic in the seascape in the background.
Hendrick Goltzius
Oceanus (from a Series of 6 Mythological Figures)
chiaroscuro woodcut on laid paper
13 11/16 in. x 10 9/16 in. ( 34.7 cm x 26.9 cm )
Museum Purchase
This decorative image is organized along a vertical axis wtih fanciful creatures, grotesque heads, depictions of carved gems and harpies.
Agostino dei Musi
Upright Ornament with Bull and Satyrs
engraving on paper
9 5/16 in x 7 1/4 in (23.7 cm x 18.4 cm)
Museum Purchase
This print depicts an ornamental design. The central axis of the design is composed of a fanciful stand with a nude winged boy holding a trident, seen from the back, seated on the top. A pair of sirens holding small banners flank the base, and a pair of hybrid sphinx-like creatures perch near the top. The letter "L" appears in the center of the stand and the date "1528" is inscribed in the base.
Lucas Van Leyden
Panel of Ornament with Two Sirens
engraving on paper
4 11/16 in x 3 1/16 in (11.9 cm x 7.8 cm)
Museum Purchase
In dark turbulent waters under a stormy sky four nude sea nymphs support the body of a long-haired man between them on a white shroud. The face of a man with kelp in his hair appears between two of the nymphs.  On the right a bearded man with a trident in his right hand rides in a chariot fashioned from a seashell and pulled by two fished-tailed horses or hippocampi. Just visible in the distance behind the back of the rightmost nymph, a lofty tower rises above the waves.
Giulio Carpioni
The Death of Leander
oil on canvas
30 5/8 in. x 43 3/8 in. ( 77.8 cm x 110.1 cm )
Museum Purchase
Two women accompanied by a pair of putti appear seated in the foreground of this painting. On the left sits a winged woman crowned with a laurel wreath and wearing a long white robe and a vivid ocher-colored mantle. She leans on a globe while cradling a large book in her right arm to which she points with her left hand. In her right hand she holds a compass. A putto peeks from beneath her mantle, and a viol is visible beneath the globe. The other woman sits on a cloud. She wears a golden crown and a richly colored blue mantle. She grasps a lyre with her left hand and leans toward the woman seated next to her, gesturing in the direction of the book with her right hand. A second putto stands near her left shoulder holding a gold circlet in his left hand. The background is filled with glimpses of neoclassical architecture, including fluted columns and a facade with a row of Ionic columns supporting an entablature.
Sebastiano Conca
Fame and Erato, Muse of Love Poetry
oil on canvas
24 3/4 in. x 31 in. x 2 in. ( 62.87 cm x 78.74 cm x 5.08 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern
Two women clad in flowing robes sit beneath a curved colonnade at the center of this delicately painted scene. The woman on the left, wearing a blue mantle, holds a lyre in her right hand and leans toward her companion, who holds open a musical score on her lap to which she points with her right hand. Books are piled on the steps next to the woman on the left and a putto sits next to her with a scroll unrolled across his lap. A second putto stands next to the other seated woman and plays a viol. A winged putto hovers over the heads of the two women, holding a small trumpet in his left hand and a laurel crown in his right, which he is about to place on the head of the woman with the lyre. Two bust-length portraits of men in oval frames wreathed with laurel hang from the columns in the background.
Charles Joseph Natoire
L'Alliance de la Poésie et de la Musique (The Alliance of Poetry and Music)
oil on panel
12 1/16 in x 15 1/16 in (30.64 cm x 38.26 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the George Green Fund
White marble sculpture of female figure, partially nude with a cloth draped loosely around her waist and over her left forearm. She holds a cluster of flowers in her left hand, and a single bloom in her right; a basket of flowers located on base to left and slightly behind figure.
Richard James Wyatt
Flora
marble
59 1/2 in x 22 in x 22 in (151.13 cm x 55.88 cm x 55.88 cm);59 1/2 in x 22 in x 22 in (151.13 cm x 55.88 cm x 55.88 cm)
Gift of Albert M. Todd
Bust-length white marble sculpture of a young female figure crowned with a plait of wheat and framed along the bottom with a wreath of sculpted acanthus leaves.
Hiram Powers
Proserpine
Seravezza marble
23 5/8 in. x 18 11/16 in. x 11 7/16 in. ( 60 cm x 47.5 cm x 29 cm )
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Irving Levitt, in memory of Prof. David Huntington
Two women on a settee dressed in elegant 19th century attire, one holding a fan and the other a parasol, while another richly clad woman leans in close beside them, in a lavishly decorated interior setting with ornately carved gilded walls, a large mirror above the settee, inlaid marble floor, and large vases to either side of the settee. In the center of the room is a sculpture of the Medici Venus on a pedestal with her back to the viewer, her reflection evident in the mirror. Between the base of the sculpture and the viewer is an elaborately carved gilt stool covered with rich red fabric. Beside the sculpture, another woman holding a book walks towards the cluster of women.
Pier Celestino Gilardi
A Visit to the Gallery
oil on canvas
48 in x 40 3/8 in (121.92 cm x 102.55 cm);48 in x 40 3/8 in (121.92 cm x 102.55 cm)
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
Landscape with minute figure standing on the banks of a lake among trees and boulders in the foreground and mountains in the distance; blue sky with dark storm clouds on left and white cumulonimbus cloud on right.
William M. Hart
The Adirondacks
1843 – 1853
oil | canvas
Museum Purchase
1979/2.136

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