Mittwoch, Oktober 12, 2005

MY PENTHESILEIA DEDICATED TO PENTESILEA

16 Comments:

Blogger Mike said...

Cool painting Uncle. You did paint that didnt you? Its really good.

2:03 vorm.  
Blogger ElovesU said...

Wow, i love this painting...it reminds me that women are the mothers of everything, even earth...check out my blog i loved your..i added it to my list.
que le llege pas en su vida...
http://adayinthelifeofe.blogspot.com/

4:06 vorm.  
Blogger Trudging said...

Wow very cool

12:38 nachm.  
Blogger pentesilea said...

As I have told in my blog, it's very very beautiful... Thank you! What a nice suprise :)
I love it.

9:21 nachm.  
Blogger Moody Lawless said...

There is a link here with Alexander and Achilles, of course.

Achilles killed the Amazon Queen Penthesilea.
Accounts vary, but it seems that he was not aware it was [a] she until he stripped her of her armour [standard practice] after killing her.
At that moment Achilles - stunned by her beauty - fell in love [lust] with her, and raped her bloodied corpse.
Achilles' companions derided him for his 'unnatural lust' [and he is said to have killed one of them, Thersites, for this remark], while the dead Amazon Queen herself was then dragged by her feet through the bloody batle-dirt and thrown like a dog into the river Scamander.

Alexander, who regarded Achilles has his model, was actually aided by Amazons.
The then Amazon Queen, Thalestris, came to Alexander while he was pursuing his conquests in Asia [the Amazons were based in Asia Minor, around Cappadocia]. In truth she sought him as a mate, hoping that his military genius would be passed on through his genes into their children.
Of course, the Amazons only used males for mating [with the male sex-slaves they kept for this purpose, or else luring sailors - having sex with them before killing them and then eating them - the Amazons were cannibals; or sometimes coupling with men from the neighbouring Gargarensian tribe], and then only raising female offspring, destroying any male babies.
They were essentially man-haters.
There is much wisdom in this whole 'Amazonomachy'!

5:14 nachm.  
Blogger Will said...

Hans, maybe it's just my personal associations, but I think this is one of your strongest paintings. Formal and ritualistic, with that frieze of horses passing behind her and the symmetry. Interesting choice to leave off the armor. I think that allows her to be seen in union with other powerful earth goddess and female figures--in your painting she reminds me in particular of Sycorax in Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST.

If I saw this painting in an exhibit I would seriously consider buying it. great work!

6:18 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Mike:
-------Thanks, Mikey! Thank you for your compliments :-) Yes I did it, a long time ago ... The model was Heidi, a friend of mine who had a lot of problems with her husband at that time!

Uncle Castor

9:16 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to ElovesU:
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Thanks and welcome in my brotherhood :-)you are right that women can be the mothers of everything, but don't forget that there are also men who can be like the most wonderful mothers ;-)
... I also linked you on my blog, as you can see :-)

Love and Peace,

Castor

9:27 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Trudging:
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Thank you! The Penthesileia-Story is cool too as the story of my model, Heidi and her husband Wolf, a cute actor! A story full of love, jealousy and "laceration" ...

9:37 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Pentesilea:
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It makes me happy that you like the picture! I want to buy tomorrow a Spanish Dictionary, for the "translating machine" is not a great help for me and I want to read and understand the original post on your blog for you seem to be a very interesting Lady!

9:46 nachm.  
Blogger sirreene said...

She's very beautiful whomever she is.

10:14 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Moody Lawless:
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Thank you for your enthralling narration of this archaic saga from Cappadocia!!!

Did you know, my Lawless, that the Tapujan tribe of Indians in Brazil had also women warriors? And that the Spanish explore Francisco de Orellano named for this reason the river and the region Amazon?

I wanted to ask you about this name in Brazil, but I found it just now "asking" Google ;-)

10:20 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Will:
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Thank you Will for your compliments! This painting I made during my "Salzburg - Period" (I lived there for 12 years) and at that time I had the opportunity to see almost daily ... if I wanted ... the conjugal-drama of my frieds and neighbours, Heidi and Wolf.
He was a very cute actor, an adolescent hero [like Robin Hood ;-)] and she was his pretty wife who loved and hated him, for he had always love affairs with other women. But, that's the clue ... mostly she fell in love with those girls or women ... and then the drama was perfect :-)

So Heidi was the perfect model for my Penthesileia ... and the picture belongs to both of them ...

10:52 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Sirreene:
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First of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU !!! Sorry I am too late but this week I was very busy and so I saw just now that yesterday was your birthday! My birthday will be next week (Thursday);-) Now I know something more about our sympathy ;-)!

Yes Heidi is very beautiful, the story about her conjugal - drama you can read in my reply to Will's comment! Now I'll go to your blog ;-)!!!

11:01 nachm.  
Blogger Moody Lawless said...

Thank you Castor, you are my teacher.

I had heard of the Amazons met by Orellana in 1542, and there is also an Amazonian tradition in Slavic Bohemia [8th-11th century AD].

In truth, the Amazonian is world-wide, it's just that the Greeks gave such sublime expression to it ... as always!
And was Joan of Arc not an Amazon?

Thank you for hinting at the female homosexual nature of Amazonian society - perhaps this could be explored as a possible mirror to the male homosexual nature of Greek society?

6:42 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Moody Lawless:
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:-) I like it to discuss with you, my Lawless :-)!

I think that the Amazons were probably the relict of an early Matriarchy Society >>>
Some societies define their homelands as "mother" rather then "father". They define “Motherlands” instead of “Fatherlands”, such as can be found in Polish use of "Motherland", or "Mother Russia". >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matriarchy

12:22 nachm.  

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