Chariot of the Gods - Marte by Raphael Sanzio


Chariot of the Gods - Marte


Raphael Sanzio

Ref GM2401
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 40" x 34" (102 x 86 cm)
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The early 19th century saw a tremendous revival of interest in the classical art of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the Classicism of the Renaissance. Images such as this served both as art historical references for architects and designers and as artwork in their own right. This image is from a set of four designs that depicts classical Roman gods and a goddess, portrayed as heroic nude figures riding in chariots atop the clouds in the sky, each with their symbolic attributes. Marte, the god of war based on the Greek god Ares, is depicted as a gladiator with a helmet and spear, on a chariot decorated with carved battle scenes drawn by two white horses. In ancient Roman religion Marte (who is also referred to as Mars) was second in importance only to Jupiter, and he was the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army.