Cretan Bull [r]
: A ferocious creature which, according to Greek mythology
, was the sixth labor of Heracles
(PD) Photo of a painting: Antonio da Correggio Heracles
, according to Greek mythology
, had to catch the ferocious Cretan Bull, which was one of numerous creatures as well as gods and goddesses
, hybrids, mystical forces, sea creatures, nymphs, winged avengers such as Harpies
and more which formed the basis of Greek culture. These stories have been a vital part of Western civilization
and have been source material for Renaissance painters
such as Correggio
. Pictured: Leda
and the Swan, another tale from Greek mythology.Painting circa 1532.
Mosaic of Heracles wrestling with the Marathonian or Cretan bull.