– the Greek god of war, the equivalent of Mars in Rome. He was the
son of Zeus and Hera.
Belongs to the second generation of the 12 great Olympian gods. Most of
the stories of Ares are, naturally, about war and fighting. But there are
also many legends about his love affairs. The best known is Ares’ (Mars’)
love affair with
Aphrodite (Venus), and the
episode when the lovers were caught by Aphrodite’s husband Hephaestus.
Ares/Mars and Aphrodite/Venus had daughter Harmonia.
See: Alessandro Botticelli Venus and Mars.
Jacques-Louis David. The Combat of Mars and Minerva.
Andrea Mantegna. Mars and Vernus, known as Parnassus.
Nicolas Poussin. Mars and Venus.
Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto. Venus and Mars Surprised by Vulcan.
Diego Velázquez. Mars.
Paolo Veronese. Mars and Venus United by Love.