Sandro Boticelli ,The Birth of Venus, 1485-1486


Greek mythology has had a profound influence on art and design throughout the ages, and its legacy can still be seen today in many aspects of modern culture. From ancient Greece to the present day, artists and designers have drawn inspiration from the stories, characters, and themes of Greek mythology, incorporating them into their works in unique and imaginative ways.


One of the earliest and most famous examples of Greek mythological influence on art is the Parthenon in Athens, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. 

The Parthenon, Athens, Greece


Built in the 5th century BCE, the Parthenon is adorned with sculptures depicting scenes from Greek myths, including the frieze that circles the temple showing a procession of gods and heroes. The temple remains a masterpiece of classical art and architecture, and its influence can be seen in many subsequent works of art and design.


 Auguste Rodin, The Age of Bronze, 1875-76

During the Renaissance, painters such as Botticelli and Raphael depicted scenes from Greek myths in their works, bringing the stories and characters to life in vivid and imaginative ways. Similarly, many sculptors of the time and later used Greek mythological themes as the basis for their sculptures, creating works that remain among the most famous and admired artworks of all time.


In more recent times, Greek mythology has continued to be a source of inspiration for artists and designers in a variety of fields. From graphic design and advertising to film and video games, the stories and characters of Greek mythology have been used to convey messages, tell stories, and evoke emotions in audiences.


The Pink Narcissus Collection by Grianfranco Briceño


LES artist Gianfranco Briceño uses Greek and Pre-Inca mythology as inspiration for his multi-media work in photography, ceramics, painting, and sculpture. "I have always been fascinated with the stories of Olympus, and in my research, I found a great parallel between ancient Greek culture and pre-Inca culture, from which i descended. Both the Greek and the Andean cultures made amphorae and vessels to transport water and food centuries ago. However, neither of these cultures had contact or influence on each other. This creation of synesthetic art inspires me" says Briceno.


Pablo Picasso, Head of a Faun, 1962
Henri Matisse, Pasiphaë, 1944



- Pablo Picasso


Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, two of the most influential artists of the 20th century, were both inspired by Greek mythology in their work. Picasso was particularly interested in the myth of Demeter and Persephone, which he interpreted in a series of powerful and imaginative paintings. Matisse, on the other hand, was inspired by the classical motifs and themes of Greek mythology, incorporating them into his signature fauvist style to create works that were both vibrant and lyrical. For both artists, the stories and characters of Greek mythology provided a rich source of inspiration that allowed them to explore themes of life, death, and the human condition.   


Mythology allows for the exploration of themes like heroism, love, betrayal, and tragedy - themes with universal appeal. Its enduring influence is merely a simple reflection of our interest in ourselves.

Yves Klein, Leap Into The Void, 1060