Top 20 Greek Mythology Paintings – Louvre & France

Top 20 Greek Mythology Paintings in France

Many of the artists shown here are very famous especially in the art world.

It makes you wonder, did the artist become famous because of their depictions of Greek mythology or did the painting become famous because of the artist?

Paris, FRANCE

1. The Triumph of Virtue

Athena casts out Aphrodite from the Garden of Virtue.

Greek Mythology Paintings in France Triumph of Virtue

Artist: Andrea Mantegna (c. 1502)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

2. Aphrodite, Cupid and Ares

The three Olympians are seen together.

Venus Cupid and Mars Painting Louvre

Artist: Lambert Sustris (c. 1548-1550)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

3. Cupid and Psyche

Psyche gets a kiss from Cupid.

Cupid and Psyche Painting

Artist: Francois Gerard (1798)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

4. Mount Parnassus

Aphrodite and Ares have a party on Mt. Parnassus.

Greek Mythology Mount Parnassus Painting

Artist: Andrea Mantegna (c. 1502)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

5. Apollo and Daphne

Greek Mythology Painting Apollo and Daphne

Artist: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (c. 1743-1744)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

6. Artemis resting after her bath

Artemis with a friend.

Greek Mythology Paintings in France Artemis Diana

Artist: Francois Bouchin (c. 1742)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

7. The Raft Of The Medusa

The fate of a few people who made a raft after a ship called the Medusa was shipwrecked off the coast of Africa. The survivors and casualties on a makeshift raft can be seen calling for help when they see another ship in the distance that could possibly save them. Why would anyone call a ship Medusa?

Greek Mythology Paintings Louvre
Photo credit: jean-louis zimmermann – Wikimedia Commons

Artist: Theodore Gericault (c. 1819)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

8. Eva Prima Pandora

Pandora Painting in France

Artist: Jean Cousin (c. 1540)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

9. Perseus rescuing Andromeda

Greek Mythology Paintings Perseus and Andromeda

Artist: Joachim Wtewael (1611)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

10. Oedipus and the Sphinx

Oedipus and the Sphinx Louvre Museum

Artist: Jean-Auguste-Domenique Ingres (1808-1827)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

11. Cupid and Psyches

Best Greek Mythology Paintings Cupid and Psyche

Artist: François-Édouard Picot (1817)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

12. The capture of Deianeira

A Centaur captures the wife of Hercules.

Greek Mythology Paintings admired by Louvre-visitor
Photo credit: dalbera – Wikimedia Commons

Artist: Guido Reni (c. 1620-1621)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

13. Icarus and Daedalus

Best Greek Mythology Paintings Icarus and Daedalus

Artist: Charles Landon (c. 1799)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Keep in mind: Sometimes paintings are loaned to other museums. For instance this painting has been on loan to the Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle d’Alençon.

14. The Apollo Gallery at the Louvre, Paris ( Galerie D’Apollon at the Louvre, Paris)

Apollo Gallery Louvre

At the end of the hallway you can see a painting of Neptune (Poseidon) and Amphitrite.

Best Greek Mythology Painting Louvre
Photo credit: Faqsci (Mod) – Wikimedia Commons

A major attraction in the Apollo gallery is this painting.

Best Painting in the Louvre
Photo credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen – Wikimedia Commons

Aix-en-Provence, FRANCE

15. Zeus and Thetis

The sea nymph Thetis urges Zeus to help her son Achilles in the Trojan War.

Greek God Painting

Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1811)
Location: Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France

16. Theseus and the Minotaur, from the story of Theseus

Here’s a closer look of the round labyrinth shown on the right hand side of the painting.

Best Greek Mythology Paintings in France

Artist: Master of the Campana Cassoni (c. 1510)
Location: Musee du Petit Palais, Avignon, France

Chantilly, FRANCE

17. The Three Graces

Top Greek Mythology Paintings Three Graces
Photo credit: Daniel Villafruela – Wikimedia Commons

Artist: Raphael (c. 1503-1505)
Location: Musée Condé of Chantilly, Château de Chantilly, Chantilly, France

Versailles, FRANCE

18. Dispute between Minerva and Neptune over the Naming of the City of Athens

Greek Mythology Paintings Athena and Neptune

Artist: René-Antoine Houasse (c. 1689-1706)
Location: Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon

19. Plafond-Salon d’Apollon

Ceiling painting of Apollo riding his chariot.

Plafond Salon d'Apollon Versailles
Photo credit: © Salix – Wikimedia Commons

Artist: Charles de La Fosse (c. 1674)
Location: Versailles Palace, France

20. The Apotheosis of Hercules

Hercules Room Ceiling Painting France
Photo credit: Dennis Jarvis – Flickr

From another view point.

Myth Hercules Ceiling Painting
Photo credit: Dennis Javis – Flickr
Greek Mythology Paintings Versailles France
Photo credit: Dennis Jarvis – Flickr

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