Rubens - The myth of the Milky Way

Rubens - The myth of the Milky Way

Rubens and the creation of the Milky Way


There are numerous legends, formulated by populations all over the world, who try to explain the origin of the Milky Way.

The most famous and known, however, comes from a well-known episode from Greek mythology where the god Zeus, invaded by Alcmena, decided to assume the appearance of her husband, Anfitrione, in order to spend the night with her and impregnate her. Thus was born the famous Ercole, hero of super-human force.

Subsequently after the birth of his son, Zeus decided to place the baby at the breast of his sleeping wife Juno, so that he could drink the divine milk and become immortal. Unfortunately, Giunone woke up, noticed that he was nursing an unknown child and pushed him away, splashing the night sky with the milk sprinkled from the breasts and thus giving rise to the Milky Way.

Posted on 07/12/2018 by Giusy Telli Famous painting 867
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