The Council of the Gods, by Raffaello Sanzio


In this painting we find Jupiter sitting at the right, a hand on his chin and an eagle, one of his symbols, at his feet. His wife Juno sits at his right next to a peacock, one of her symbols. Jupiter’s children are also painted. Minerva (Athena) and Mars (Ares), gods of war are wearing helmets and carrying spears. Mercury (Hermes), the messenger god wears a winged helmet and carries a caduceus. Diana (Artemis), goddess of the hunt is wearing her symbol, a crescent moon on her hair. A partially nude Venus (Aphrodite), is accompanied by her winged son, Cupid (Eros).

Source: “Gods and Heroes in Art”, by Lucia Impelluso


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