Atlas Telamon Picture

Atlas Telamon

To me, Atlas symbolizes man's ability to contemplate his own existence in the universe as a conscious sentient being, to ponder the mysteries of reality in every way possible. To face the struggles, the trials and errors that are presented to us everyday and endure... but more importantly, to overcome and triumph. To be enlightened and retain that illumination. I chose an Armillary sphere instead of the earth/globe which is what he is normally-typically seen holding to be more accurate with the mythology/ literature. Also chose to create an abstract tree-like effect around the sphere and his body representing the trunk of the tree to symbolize him standing at the edge of Gaia to fit the mythology a little better.

Atlas and his brother Menoetius sided with the Titans in their war against the Olympians, the Titanomachy. When the Titans were defeated, many of them (including Menoetius) were confined to Tartarus, but Zeus condemned Atlas to stand at the western edge of Gaia (the Earth) and hold up Uranus (the Sky) on his shoulders, to prevent the two from resuming their primordial embrace. Thus, he was Atlas Telamon, "enduring Atlas," and became a doublet of Koios, the embodiment of the celestial axis around which the heavens revolve.[9]
A common misconception today is that Atlas was forced to hold the Earth on his shoulders, but Classical art shows Atlas holding the celestial spheres, not a globe; the solidity of the marble globe born by the renowned Farnese Atlas may have aided the conflation, reinforced in the 16th century by the developing usage of atlas to describe a corpus of terrestrial maps.

I used mainly acrylics/ graphite/pastels on canvas panel 11x14
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