The atomic bomb is one of the most complicated and emotionally charged subjects of the twentieth century. The development of atomic technology in the early s propelled countries around the globe to acquire nuclear power, and launched a debate about its use that persists today. Robert Longo's drawings of atomic and hydrogen blasts from the Cold War era acknowledge both the complexity and relevance of this issue for contemporary audiences.
The series was inspired by an encounter with his children, in which they mistook an image of an atomic blast for a weather phenomenon. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Title Untitled Hercules. Contemporary Art. More Artworks from the Collection. Deborah Butterfield. The Romans adapted the Greek hero's iconography and myths for their literature and art under the name Hercules.
In later Western art and literature and in popular cultureHercules is more commonly used than Heracles as the name of the hero. Hercules was a multifaceted figure with contradictory characteristics, which enabled later artists and writers to pick and choose how to represent him. Although he was seen as the champion of Fico Feliz (It Makes Me Glad) - Aline Barros - Millennium - 20 Músicas Do Século XX weak and a great protector, Hercules' personal problems started at birth.
Hera sent two witches to prevent the birth, but they were tricked by one of Alcmene 's servants and sent to another room. Hera then sent serpents to kill him in his cradle, but Hercules strangled them both. Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules one version of the myth, Alcmene abandoned her baby in the woods in order to protect him from Hera's wrath, but he was found by the goddess Athena who brought him to Hera, claiming he was an orphan child left in the woods who needed nourishment.
Hera suckled Hercules at her own breast until the infant bit her nipple, at which point she pushed him away, spilling her milk across the night sky and so forming the Milky Way.
She Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules gave the infant back to Athena and told her to take care of the baby herself. In feeding the child from her own breast, the goddess inadvertently imbued him with further strength and power. Hercules is known for his many adventures, which took him to the far reaches of the Greco-Roman world.
One cycle of these adventures became canonical as the "Twelve Labours", but the list has variations. One traditional order of the labours is found in the Bibliotheca as follows: .
Hercules had a greater number of " deeds on the side " parerga that have been popular subjects for art, including:. Killing a fire-breathing Cacus Sebald Beham Holding up the sky for Atlas based on Heinrich Aldegrever Fighting the giant Antaeus Auguste Couder Freeing Prometheus Christian GriepenkerlOld Folks At Home - George Adams - America After completing the 12 labours, Hercules was free to leave the life that he pleased.
He got married again, with Deianirawho later accidentally killed him with a shirt that was soaked in the blood of a centaur.
Before the centaur died he told Deianira Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules if Hercules would wear this blood-soaked shirt he would be crazy in love with her forever. After Hercules's death, Zeus was so impressed by his greatness of mind that he elevated him to the status of a God.
The Latin name Hercules was borrowed through Etruscanwhere it is represented variously as HeracleHercle, and other forms. Hercules was a favorite subject for Etruscan artand appears often on bronze mirrors. The Etruscan form Herceler derives from the Greek Heracles via syncope. A mild oath invoking Hercules Hercule! Hercules had a number of myths that were distinctly Roman. One of these is Hercules' defeat of Cacuswho was terrorizing the countryside of Rome.
The hero was associated with the Aventine Hill through his son Aventinus. Move Your Body (Original Mix) - Vinylgroover & The Red Hed - Move Your Body Antony considered him a personal patron god, as Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules the emperor Commodus.
Hercules received various forms of religious venerationFox-Helden - Herzen Brennen as a deity concerned with children and childbirthin part because of myths about his precocious infancy, and in part because he fathered countless children.
Roman brides wore a special belt tied with the " knot of Hercules ", which was supposed to be hard to With A Little Help From My Friends - Various - Woodstock: The Directors Cut (DVD). Tacitus records a special affinity of the Germanic peoples for Hercules. Because he Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules help in this labor, Eurystheus would not Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules it as one of the ten and assigned another.
To capture the Cerynitian Hind who was sacred to the goddess Artemis. Hercules spent over a year trying to catch the deer with the golden antlers alive and finally brought it down with an arrow to the hoof. Even so, Artemis refused to allow him to take the deer - and would have killed him for hunting it - until she heard the story of his labors and let him go.
To capture the Erymanthian Boar. This labor took Hercules to the land of the Centaurs, and the wine he had been given to attract the boar drew the centaurs to him. They attacked him and he had to kill many of them but brought the boar back alive to Eurystheus. It was during this labor that he took part in the adventure with the hero Jason and his Argonauts. Cleaning the Stables of Augeius in a Rave Da World - Breeze & Skeedale* - Rave Da World / Burning Up. Eurystheus felt this side-adventure with the Argonauts was an unnecessary luxury on Hercules' Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules and so devised an impossible task for his next labor.
The stables of King Augeius were immense and his herd vast, and there seemed to be no way for anyone to clean them in a month, let alone a day. Hercules said he would do it but made Augeius promise him a tenth of the herd if he succeeded. Augeius agreed since he knew he could not lose, but Hercules diverted two rivers to flow through the stables and clean them completely.
Augeius then refused to honor the deal he had made. Hercules felt cheated and swore he Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules return and kill Augeius once he had completed his labors for Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules.
Eurystheus, however, told him he could receive no payment for his labors and that, by trying to profit, he had disqualified that labor and would have to do another to make up for it. To drive away the Stymphalian Birds who were ravaging the countryside.
He accomplished this with a rattle given to him by Athena. The rattle startled the birds who flew away, and Hercules shot them down with his arrows in flight. To bring back the Cretan Bull from Knossos. The bull belonged to King Minos of Crete and was sacred to the god of the seas, Poseidon ; accordingly, it could walk on water. Minos no longer wanted the bull because his wife had fallen in love with it and, in fact, had become pregnant by it giving birth to the Minotaurand so Minos happily gave the bull to Hercules who rode it across the sea from Crete to Athens and brought it to Eurystheus.
The bull was then released and would cause further trouble throughout Attica until it was finally killed by Theseus. To bring back the Mares of Diomedes. Diomedes was a Thracian king who fed his horses on a steady diet of human flesh so that no one could come near them. Hercules fed Diomedes to the horses and, when they were full, brought them back to Eurystheus.
It was during this labor, either going to or coming from Diomedes' palacethat Hercules stopped to visit his old friend Admetus whose wife Alcestis had Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules died.
Hercules wrestled death for the soul of Alcestis and returned her to her husband. To bring back Hippolyte's Girdle. Hippolyte was the queen of the Amazons, and her belt girdle was a symbol of her right to rule. Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules Amazons originally welcomed Hercules but Hera, disguised as one of them, spread a rumor that Hercules had come to kidnap the queen and enslave them.
The women attacked Hercules and Hippolyte was killed in the fight; Hercules then took her belt and left. In another version of this labor, however, no one dies; Hercules kidnaps Hippolyte's sister and ransoms her for the belt and then leaves peacefully.
On his return voyage he has many other side-adventures, which further enrage Eurystheus, but he accepts the girdle as a legitimate labor. To bring back the cattle of Geryon, king of Cadiz. Hercules had many side-adventures on this labor, including inadvertently building the Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules of Hercules at Gibraltar and threatening to shoot the sun with his arrows for making him too hot.
When he finally reached Cadiz Spainhe had many problems rounding up the cattle, including having to chase down a bull the herd had to be complete in order to be accepted for the labor. Bringing the cattle back to Greece, Hera sent gadflies to sting the beasts and scattered Untitled - The Hercules - The Herculesso Hercules had to round them up again.
Then the princess Celtine saw Hercules and fell in love with Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules. She hid the cattle and would not divulge their whereabouts unless he had sex with her. This he did and so became the father of Celtus, progenitor of the Celts. He finally brought the cattle back to Eurystheus who accepted the labor as legitimate.
To bring back the Golden Apples of Hesperides. En route to the sacred grove where the apples grew, Hercules found Prometheus bound to his rock and set him free. Prometheus was grateful and told him that the apples were guarded by a dragon named Ladon who could not be conquered, and so Hercules should try to get the titan Atlaswho held up the earth and heavens on his shoulders, to get the apples for him.
When Hercules reached the How Crazy Are You (Club Mix) - Meja - How Crazy Are You?, Atlas agreed to help, but Hercules would have to shoulder the weight of the world while Atlas went to get the apples. Hercules accepted the load and Atlas got the apples. When he returned, however, Atlas did not want to take the weight back and was going to leave Hercules in his place.
Hercules cheerfully agreed to stay and hold up the universe but asked Atlas if he could take the weight again for just one moment so that he could adjust his cloak to cushion his shoulders. Atlas took back the universe and Hercules picked up the apples and left. To bring back Cerberus, the guard dog of the underworld. For the last labor, Eurystheus decided on something he knew would be impossible: to bring back, alive, the three-headed dog who guarded the entrance to Hades. Before he could enter the underworld, Hercules had to become initiated in the Eleusinian Mysteries at the sacred city of Eleusis.
He then journeyed to Hades, where he had further adventures in the underworld such as freeing his cousin Theseus from the Chair of Forgetfulness where he had been bound. He also spoke with the hero Meleagerwith whom he had journeyed with the Argonauts, who Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules him that, when he returned to earth, he should marry Meleager's sister Deianira.
Hercules was allowed by Hades to take Cerberus provided he did not hurt the dog. He wrestled Cerberus into submission and brought him back to Eurystheus who was so terrified of the animal that he told Hercules all the labors were done and to bring the dog back to where he'd found it.
Hercules was now free to do as he pleased with his life and, after all he had accomplished, it might be thought that he would now be able to enjoy his days in peace; this would not be so. Whether through the trickeries of Hera or his own temper and lack of restraint, Hercules would endure further troubles. He became the property of Queen Omphale of Lydia who made the hero Untitled - The Hercules - The Hercules in women's clothing and do needlework with the other ladies of the court.
Omphale eventually took him as her lover and then set him free. He then went on an expedition to Troy which, with the help of other heroes, he conquered long before the Trojan War and then became involved in a war with the Titans of Sicily. The Titans had been defeated centuries before by Zeus but had risen again and, according to prophecy, the gods could only win this time with the help of a mortal hero.
Hercules helped to defeat the Titans and rescued the world from chaos and the gods from imprisonment. He then sailed back to Greece to get revenge on Augeius for refusing to honor his agreement when he cleaned out the stables. Hercules was defeated in this battle because he was still weakened from the war with the Titans.
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