Museums and Art

Parnassus, Andrea Mantegna, 1497

Parnassus, Andrea Mantegna, 1497

Parnassus - Andrea Mantegna. 160x192

The complex, allegorical content of the picture makes the viewer recall the complex intricacies of Greek mythology, specifically the secret union of Aphrodite with Ares. Love and war, united together, gave rise to Fear and Horror, Eros and Harmony. Enraged was the husband of Aphrodite Hephaestus, but could not do anything. The lovers were helped by the eternal prankster of Olympus Hermes, and Apollo had a hand in adultery, giving Ares and Aphrodite a shelter in Parnassus.

All the participants in this controversial incident we see in the picture. The estranged Hermes is holding the winged Pegasus, ready to start the muse song, drawn to playing Apollo on cifar. In the distance you can see the figure of the infuriated Hephaestus, who left his work in the forge. The culprits of the scandal themselves crown the composition: the tender and sensual Aphrodite and the courageous, stern Ares.

The work is overloaded with symbols and allegories that are still unsolved. The color of the work is rich and diverse. The color language of the picture is no less interesting. And the image of the bed next to the main characters is still on the verge of decency for the 15th century.


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