Here's the final version of my diploma project (I've recently graduated from the Glazunov Academy of Fine Arts).
It's an oil painting on a canvas (actually it's rather big - about 14*6.5 ft). The title is "Apollo and Dionysus". The subject is based on a philosophical and literary concept of the Apollonian and Dionysian introduced by Nietzsche in his 1872 work "The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music". Following the concept, Apollo is a god of rational thinking, logic and order while Dionysus is a god of irrationality, emotions and chaos.
So I decided to depict Apollo surrounded by the muses and Dionysus followed by satyrs and maenads. The central figure in a red cloak is a symbolic image of a man, making a choice between these rival deities.
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