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The Castration of Ouranos

Uranus, or Ouranos meaning sky or heaven was the primal Greek God personifying the sky. Uranus, or Father Sky was the son and husband of Gaia, Mother Earth. Uranus and Gaia were the parents of the first generation of Titans and the ancestors of most of the Greek Gods.

In the Olympian creation myth, Uranus came every night to cover the earth and mate with Gaia, but he hated the children she bore him. He imprisoned the children in Tartarus, deep within earth, where they caused pain to Gaia. She shaped a great flint-bladed sickle and asked her sons to castrate Uranus. Only Cronus, youngest and most ambitious of the Titans, was willing. He ambushed his father and castrated him, casting the severed testicles into the sea.

From the blood that spilled from Uranus onto the earth came forth the Gigantes, the Erinyes (the avenging Furies) and the Meliae (ash-tree nymphs).

From the genitals in the sea came forth Aphrodite.

painted in 1985 80X70 CM

Reproductions of this painting are available in sizes:

14,8 cm x 16,8 cm plain 20€

14,8 cm x 16,8 cm framed 25€

19 cm x 21,3 cm framed 35€

35,5 cm x 39 cm framed 75€

70 cm x 78,5 cm plain 180€