Chariot of the Gods - Mercurio by Raphael Sanzio


Chariot of the Gods - Mercurio


Raphael Sanzio

Ref GM2402
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 40" x 34" (102 x 86 cm)
Price Add to basket
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 Images such as this served both as art historical references for architects and designers and as artwork in their own right.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. Mercury, the messenger god based on the Greek god Hermes, is seated in a chariot pulled by two strutting roosters. He wears a winged helmet and winged sandals, and carries his caduceus. Mercury is a major Roman god, being one of the Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon. He is the patron god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence (and thus poetry), messages/communication, travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he is also the guide of souls to the underworld. In his earliest forms, he appears to have been related to the Etruscan deity Turms, both of which share characteristics with the Greek god Hermes. Mercury has influenced the name of many things in a variety of scientific fields, such as the planet Mercury, and the element mercury. The word mercurial is commonly used to refer to something or someone erratic, volatile or unstable, derived from Mercury's swift flights from place to place.