The Rainbow. Greek mythology: associated with Iris the messenger goddess from Mount Olympus. Scandinavian mythology: a bridge between the gods and earth. Bible: a rainbow showed Noah the flood was finally over and God had forgiven his people. Chinese: a symbol for marriage with colors the union of yin and yang. Aboriginal tribes: fertility, abundant plants and animals, protection, regenerating rains, watercourses, and peace. Nowadays the rainbow is used by peace and environmental movements.
Greek Mythology: The Katobleps (or Catoblepas) was a large bull-shaped animal of Aithiopia (sub-Saharan Africa) whose downward hanging face, when lifted, could kill by gaze or through the fumes of its noxious breath. The Katobleps may have been derived from an embellished traveller's account of the African gnu.
Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high. Known for its destructive power in Greek Mythology, the deadly monster Typhon was trapped under this mountain by Zeus. The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards.
Neptune (Latin: Neptūnus) was the Roman god of water and the sea in Roman mythology and religion. He is the counterpart of the Greek god Poseidon. In the Greek-influenced tradition, Neptune was the brother of Jupiter and Pluto, each of them presiding over one of the three realms of Heaven, Earth and the Netherigions
This sculpture is Bernini's 'The Rape of Proserpina'. The sculpture denotes a time in Greek mythology when Pluto, the god of the underworld, kidnaps (a more accurate term than "rapes") the goddess Persephone (known in Roman mythology as Proserpina). Bernini captures the moment Pluto has picked her up, ready to carry her off to her destiny. There is a look of terror on her face, while Pluto seems amused at her hopeless struggles.
Daphne Wall Sculpture By artist Ann Douglas Zeleny “Daphne,” the Greek name for the goddess Laurel, is manifested here with hair made of her namesake leaves. Laurel was the plant of inspiration and poetic frenzy, perhaps explaining the tiny muses that seem to whisper in the ear of this highly stylized artwork. Cast in designer resin for home and garden display.
Apollo & Daphne In Greek mythology, Daphne was a Naiad (river nymph) who was so beautiful she attracted the attention of the god Apollo. She refused his advances and fled. When it became apparent that he would catch her she cried out to Gaia, the earth goddess, who swallowed her up and transformed her into a tree. Painting: Apollo and Daphne by John William Waterhouse