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The Italians were very religious Catholics but why did they paint/sculpt heroes from Greek mythology? Weren't the Greeks considered pagans?

In the examples below, some artists like Michelangelo were considered to be very religious.

Years 1400-1600

Examples:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_Venus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseus_with_the_Head_of_Medusa

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacchus_(Michelangelo)

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    Possible duplicate – Mark C. Wallace Jun 18 '19 at 8:41
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    I don't have material enough for an answer, but this question strikes me as an attempt to push an Early Modern understanding of religion to a culture that was still fundamentally medieval. And possibly a Protestant outlook on idolatry that does not quite resemble the Catholic one (although on the latter I am less sure). – Denis Nardin Jun 18 '19 at 10:06
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    @Venkat: Please edit yourself again to specify the exact timefrma eof your inquiry and expand on what you already researched about this for yourself. – LаngLаngС Jun 18 '19 at 11:33
  • @DenisNardin hadn't Christianity taken over Italy by then? The Duomo was considered the crowning achievement in Florence. – Venkat S. Rao Jun 21 '19 at 4:21
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    @MarkC.Wallace I do not consider this to be a duplicate. The link does not even have an accepted answer. – Venkat S. Rao Jun 21 '19 at 4:22

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