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EARTH AND WATER by Bob Kessel
Oct 30th, 2009 by admin

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DIAMOND EARTH AND WATER by Bob Kessel after Peter Paul Rubens

“DIAMOND EARTH AND WATER” by Bob Kessel, based on Peter Paul Rubens painting, can be purchased as a signed and numbered limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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THE UNION OF EARTH AND WATER by Peter Paul Rubens

SATYR AND VENUS by Bob Kessel
Oct 29th, 2009 by admin

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DIAMOND SATYR AND VENUS by Bob Kessel after Peter Paul Rubens

“DIAMOND SATYR AND VENUS” by Bob Kessel, based on Peter Paul Rubens painting “THE FEAST OF VENUS”, can be purchased as a signed and numbered limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

The bacchanalia were wild and mystic festivals of the Roman god Bacchus (comparable to the Greek Dionysus). It has since come to describe any form of drunken revelry.

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THE FEAST OF VENUS by Peter Paul Rubens

DIAMOND JUPITER AND DANAE by Bob Kessel
Oct 28th, 2009 by admin

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DIAMOND JUPITER AND DANAE by Bob Kessel after Peter Paul Rubens

“DIAMOND JUPITER AND DANAE” by Bob Kessel, based on Peter Paul Rubens painting, can be purchased as a signed and numbered limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

Acrisius was the king who ruled in Argos. To him had an oracle declared that he should be slain by the child of his daughter Danae. Therefore the cruel king, thinking it better that Danae should have no children than that he should be slain, ordered a tower of brass to be made, and in this tower he confined his daughter away from all men.

The god Jupiter saw Danae, loved her, and changing his form to a shower of gold, he shone into the apartment of the captive girl.

Perseus was the child of Jupiter and Danae. Acrisius, finding that his precautions had come to nought, and yet hardly daring to kill his own daughter and her young child, placed them both in a chest and sent the chest floating on the sea. It floated away and was finally entangled in the net of Dicte, a fisherman in the island of Seriphus. He brought them to his house and treated them kindly, and in the house of Dicte, Perseus grew up. Perseus returned to Argos and entered a discus throwing contest. His discus hit king Acrisius and killed him, thus completing the prophesy.

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JUPITER AND DANAE by Peter Paul Rubens

JUPITER AND CALLISTO by Bob Kessel
Oct 27th, 2009 by admin

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DIAMOND JUPITER AND CALLISTO by Bob Kessel

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JUPITER AND CALLISTO by Peter Paul Rubens

“DIAMOND JUPITER AND CALLISTO” by Bob Kessel, based on Peter Paul Rubens painting, can be purchased as a signed and numbered limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

The Myth of Jupiter and Callisto

Callisto was a river nymph, descended from the river god Inachus. Callisto was the favorite companion of the goddess Diana. She accompanied Diana on the hunt and attended her at her bath after the hunt. One day the god Jupiter caught a glimpse of the beautiful Callisto and fell in love with her. Knowing that Diana had warned Callisto of the deceitful ways of men and gods, Jupiter disguised himself as Diana. In this disguise, Jupiter seduced the beautiful Callisto. Callisto listened lovingly to the beautiful seductive words of Jupiter, and, by Jupiter’s magic, she conceived a child. When Callisto’s pregnant condition was revealed to the virtuous Diana by jealous competitors for Diana’s attentions, Callisto was forced out of the company of Diana.

After a while Callisto had a boy named Arcas. When Jupiter’s wife, Juno, saw this evidence of Jupiter’s infidelity she became exteremely mad, and changed Callisto into a bear. Callisto was ashamed and afraid, and ran into the woods, and didn’t see Arcas for many years. One day, when Arcas was a young man, he decided to go hunting, and went into the woods where his mother Callisto, the bear, lived. Callisto saw her son, who she had not seen for many years. Forgetting she was a bear, she rushed forward to hug him. Arcas only saw a bear rushing toward him. He lifted his bow and let fly an arrow to the mark. At the last moment Jupiter got into the picture and threw Callisto and her son into the heavens as the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, the big and little bears, main parts of which are the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. Arcas became the ancestor of the Arcadian race in the Peloponnesus.

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