Etude pour Cottos

The Hundred-Handed Giants, Hecatoncheires to the Greeks, and later Centimani to the Romans, were the first beings born through procreation. Their father was Uranus, the Sky and their mother Gaia, the Earth. They were three in number, named Briareus, Cottus, and Gyges, and each was a gargantuan having fifty heads and a hundred arms. They were of vast proportions, stronger and more fierce than anything before them. In a manner befitting the species whose world they governed these first procreative births lead directly to marital conflict, conspiratorial plotting, attempted patricide, successful castration, all out war, and ultimately the downfall of the Titans and the rise of Zeus. “Out with the old and in with the new.” The more blood and guts and rumbling thunder the better, ay?

09.19. filed under: art. belief. history.

I’d come across reference to these before, but always had trouble picturing what they might look like.

These paintings are quite claustrophobic. The stuff of nightmares (my nightmares, at least). I think it’s the recluse in me that’s most horrified.

posted on 09.21 at 04:35 AMPierce

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