As Richard and others have pointed out, it is the artists and musicians that express their dreams and reveal secrets that help us WAKE UP!

The Castration of Uranus by Cronus (Saturn) – painting and vase drawing by Vasari, here is the story behind the artwork:

Gaea and Uranus were the parents of the Titans, but there were other offspring of this couple as well: the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires, who were despised by their father. He would not allow them to be born from Gaea’s womb, which caused her great distress.

She turned to the Titans and asked if any of them would oppose Uranus; the youngest and wiliest Titan, Cronus, volunteered. Gaea armed him with a sickle, which he used to castrate his father, robbing him of his power to rule. The Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires could now be born, and Cronus now reigned as the supreme god.

Here are two versions of this scene; the first is a mural by Vasari at the Palazzo Vecchio (Ducal palace) in Florence. Vasari is more remembered today for his detailed biographies of Renaissance artists than for his own paintings. Note here the dome of the sky in the background (since Uranus is the god of the heavens).

*** Note the eyepiece sticking through the polar circle opening too! ***

The other image is a drawing copied from a red-figure vase-painting which has several interesting details: Cronus is seen with a pair of wings (not normal for him), sickle in one hand, (dripping blood which creates the Furies, in the lower right).

Cronus has apparently already done his bloody deed, but is finishing Uranus off in this superhero-like pose, complete with a starred ‘punch’-effect. Also visible are the Cyclopes (the ones with one eye) and the Hecatoncheires (the ones with multiple heads and limbs) on the left and Gaea herself watching on the right.

*** I know the story / mythology is BS, but it just goes to show you how Set and Tiamatt and their offspring inject themselves into human life in their prison. I also think that artists (especially Renaissance ones) are made to suffer with frustration, and feed the beast, until they can put their visions on canvas or clay or wood or stone or screen….


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Christine Davis

(Excerpt from Greek Mythology website):

The next part of the story is perhaps the most gruesome; having been warned by his father Uranus that one day one of his children would defeat him, Cronus (Saturn) decided to try to prevent this by forcing his wife (and sister) Rhea to hand over any children she produced, whom he then swallowed. We see this gory scene first in a painting by Rubens and an even more violent painting by Goya. (see photos)
Eventually Rhea came up with a plan: when her sixth child was born, she hid the infant and handed Cronus a rock wrapped in blankets, which he immediately gulped down, unaware of the substitution. We see this scene in two very similar examples; first, a red-figure vase painting, and then on a metope from Selinus, a Roman-era work done in the Classical style. (see photo)
This sixth child was Zeus (Jupiter); saved by his mother, hidden on the island of Crete, little Zeus was said to have been nursed by a she-goat named Amalthea. Here we see them (along with a young satyr) in a sculpture by Bernini. It is thought by some that the date of this work is 1609 – when Bernini was only 11 years old! (see photo)
After he had grown up, Zeus did indeed defeat and replace his father Cronus, just as Uranus had predicted.
Christine’s opinion – How scary it must have been to wake up one day and just have to paint the dreams or visions you are tortured with at night!

We share our dreams on FB and they are horrible enough, but artists have to take it a step further in order to shake off the haunting images…

And by now, we know to substitute the names Set for Saturn and Tiamatt for Rhea..


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