Interactive Exhibitions: Mythological Figures in Art
On this page you will find twenty-one of the most frequently represented mythological figures in Western art. Each figure is illustrated with a work of art, where you can learn their symbols, atributes, and ways to recognize them. Below each picture is a summary of their myth (or myths), as well as a list of other attributes or scenes in which they can commonly be found.
The images, which include paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, tapestries, and works on paper, range from the 1st to the 20th century, covering a variety of geographical areas and artistic traditions. Some examples are canonical, while others are more obscure.
Click on any of the thumbnails below to access each mythological figure's interactive exhibition.
Actaeon Adonis Andromeda Ariadne
Atlas Danaë Daphne Endymion
Europa Eurydice Icarus Leda Marsyas Medea Medusa Narcissus Orpheus Pan Phaethon Psyche Silenus