Chariot of the Gods - Apollo by Raphael Sanzio


Chariot of the Gods - Apollo


Raphael Sanzio

Ref GM2400
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 Images such as this served both as art historical references for architects and designers and as artwork in their own right.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. Apollo is a youth in a golden chariot pulled by four white horses, as befits his role as a sun god. Apollo is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in ancient Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman mythology. Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun, truth and prophecy, healing, plague, music, poetry, and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis. Apollo is known in Greek-influenced Etruscan mythology as Apulu. Medicine and healing are associated with Apollo, whether through the god himself or mediated through his son Asclepius, yet Apollo was also seen as a god who could bring ill-health and deadly plague.