I've been fascinated with the Artemision Bronze since I first became aware of it as a young art student. Its open form, simplicity of pose and lack of ornamentation, I've always felt, only add to its regal presence. The fact that it was lying unseen in the ocean for nearly 2,000 years is mind boggling as well. One can only imagine how it would feel to make such a discovery.
The figure is usually interpreted as either Zeus or Poseidon, and in that regard would be holding a lightning bolt or trident. My figure, pictured below, is a mere mortal, content to hurl his common javelin - yet something in his pose suggests he could be inwardly channeling the earth shaker or sky king in his moment of glory.
Javelineer, latex paint on canvas, 72 x 36, 2022