Artifacts, Italy

All photos by Jason Mills or Jordanna Max Brodsky.

 

Sleeping Fury
Sleeping Fury

A Roman copy of a Greek original, known as the "Sleeping Erinyes," or "Sleeping Fury." Palazzo Altemps, Rome

Lion Attacking a Horse
Lion Attacking a Horse

A Greek original from the 4th century BC. One of the best sculptures in the Capitoline Museum, Rome.

Marsyas
Marsyas

Roman copy of a 4th century BC Greek original. Marsyas dared Apollo to a musical contest. The Muses judged him the loser (of course), and Apollo flayed him alive for his hubris. Capitoline Museum, Rome

Laocoon
Laocoon

Originally thought to be a Greek original, most scholars now believe it's a Roman copy from the early 1st century AD. Laocoon was a Trojan priest who tried to warn his city about the Trojan Horse. As punishment, Athena (patron goddess of the Greeks) sent two serpents to kill him and his sons. Vatican Museum, Rome

Athena
Athena

Museo Correr, Venice

Leda and the Swan
Leda and the Swan

Leda is seduced by Zeus in the form of a swan. She later gives birth to four children, two of whom are Zeus's offspring and possibly sprang from eggs. One of these is Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world. Museo Correr, Venice

Apollo
Apollo

Museo Correr, Venice

Girl Dressed as Artemis
Girl Dressed as Artemis

From the 1st century A.D. Palazzo Massimo, Rome

Dying Niobid
Dying Niobid

After Niobe, Queen of Thebes, brags that she is more worthy of worship than Leto because she has fourteen children while Leto only bears two, Artemis and Apollo kill all her children. Here, one of Niobe's daughters (a Niobid) reaches behind her back to pull out Artemis's arrow. Palazzo Massimo, Rome

Niobid, detail
Niobid, detail
Artemis
Artemis

Baths of Diocletian, Rome

Aphrodite
Aphrodite

Palazzo Altemps, Rome

Athena
Athena

Palazzo Altemps, Rome

Mars/Ares
Mars/Ares

Palazzo Altemps, Rome

Eros and Psyche
Eros and Psyche

The myth of Eros and Psyche is a great one, but far too long for this site! Click the link below if you're interested. Palazzo Altemps, Rome