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Saturn devouring one of his sons: Goya's painting

A really famous Goya's painting, the scary "Saturn devouring one of his sons", above Neo's head, in episode 22...Did you ever notice it?

A few notes...

  • Those guys at Gainax are incredible! All these cultural references demonstrate how Nadia is an authentic masterpiece of all anime history!

  • Why did they choose this picture? It seems that its hidden meaning is about the tyrant destroying every political dissenter, as NeoAtlantis wanted to do.

  • That's why it's quite important to notice how, in the original painting, Saturn (or Chrono) has TWO eyes, while in "Nadia" there's just ONE eye, similar to Gargoyle's.

Basic informations about the author and the painting:


Mural tranferred to Canvas
Museo del Prado, Madrid (Spain)

This disturbing painting is one of the fourteen known as the "black paintings" with which Goya decorated the dining an living rooms of his home, called the "Quinta del Sordo", which he bought in 1819 on the banks of Madrid's Manzanares river. Seventy years after they were painted, the house's owner decided to have them taken down and transferred to canvas given their deteriorated condition. Some years later he donated them to the Spanish state. "Saturn Devouring one of his Sons" was one of the six works decorating the dining room. It depicts a mythological theme- about the god Saturn or Cronos- acting as an allegorical representation of time. The god devoured, as time does to all that it creates, the children born to his wife Cibele: he feared that one would dethrone him.

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More paintings on the throne hall:

That's SO interesting! The whole throne hall is full of famous paintings! Get a look below... Apart from "Saturn devouring one of his sons", above Neo's head, you can easily see lots of other World art treasures....



Another painting by Goya! It's not easy to notice (get a look above and you'll understand why JJ), even if it appears more than once. A few basic informations about the painting:

Oil on canvas
Museo del Prado, Madrid

In 1814 with the Spanish defeat of Napoleon complete, Francisco Goya petitioned the Spanish government to allow him to, in his own words, "perpetuate with his brush the most notable and heroic actions of our glorious insurrection against the tyrant of Europe." The Spanish King Ferdinand VII responded by awarding Goya commissions for two large paintings. Together, The Second of May, 1808 and The Third of May, 1808 function to commemorate the brutality and upheaval of the French occupation of Spain (1808-1814).

In contrast, and as a complement to The Second of May image, The Third of May, 1808 offers a nocturnal recreation of another real event in which citizens of Madrid were brutally murdered. In this case, the chaos of the earlier image is replaced with a rigor of composition that is chilling in its effect. The dead Madrileo at the center of the earlier image is transformed into the white-shirted kneeling figure. The disorganized and vulnerable French soldiers of the previous day have regrouped to form a phalanx of faceless annihilators. What was a diagonal composition is now horizontal; the muted colors are now stark; the thinner and more even paint application has given way to a richer and more aggressive application of paint.

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A masterpiece of World art, a treasure made in Italy about 5 centuries ago, well known everywhere on Earth. What can I say? Neo's preferences about paintings were indisputable J

Basic informations about the painting:

1485 - Tempera on canvas
Firenze (Italy), Uffizi

The patron who commissioned the Botticelli painting for his country villa was a member of the rich and powerful family of the Medici. Either he himself, or one of his learned friends, probably explained to the painter what was known of the way the ancients had represented Venus rising from the sea. To these scholars the story of her birth was the symbol of mystery through which the divine message of beauty came into the world. One can imagine that the painter set to work reverently to represent this myth in a worthy manner. The action of the picture is quickly understood. Venus has emerged from the sea on a shell which is driven to the shore by flying wind-gods amidst a shower of roses. As she is about to step on to the land, one of the Hours or Nymphs receives her with a purple cloak. His picture forms, in fact, a perfectly harmonious pattern. Botticelli's Venus is so beautiful that we do not notice the unnatural length of her neck, the steep fall of her shoulders and the queer way her left arm is hinged to the body. This secular work was painted onto canvas, which was a less expensive painting surface than the wooden panels used in church and court pictures. A wooden surface would certainly be impractical for a work on such a scale. Canvas is known to have been the preferred material for the painting of non-religious and pagan subjects that were sometimes commissioned to decorate country villas in 15th-century Italy. ...

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(or "The Cry")
E. Munch

As you can see below, this one is anacronistic! In fact, it's dated 1893!

Basic informations about the painting:

1893 - Tempera and pastel on board.

Edvard Munch's most famous work has gained enormously in popularity, especially since World War II. Perhaps the existential fear here rendered by the artist has become more widespread in recent decades?

In the foreground, on a road with a railing along it, we see a figure: his hands raised to his head, eyes staring, mouth gaping. Further back are two gentlemen in top hats, and behind them a landscape of fjord and hills

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by Giovanni Bellini

Wonderful...simply wonderful...Bellini was a genius...

Basic informations about the painting:

Tempera on wood
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano (Italy)

Giovanni Bellini was in many ways the protagonist of a profound change in Venetian art. Among Venetian artists, Bellini led the way in fostering the style of "tonalism," which gave less importance to design and graphics while highlighting the tones of light and color. By the time Titian was starting his career, the elderly Bellini was breaking new ground again by adding mythological and allegorical scenes to the religious ones that had dominated the art of the fifteenth century

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(Naked woman laid down with wide open arms)
by Amedeo Modigliani

The biggest anacronism: Modigliani painted it in 1917!

Basic informations about the painting:


In 1916, Modigliani started work on his series of nudes. Altogether, he painted over thirty of these nudes, a tenth of his total output of oil paintings. Interestingly, he never used the women with whom he had a lasting relationship like Beatrice Hastings or Jeanne Hebuterne to model for him when he painted nudes. Instead Modigliani prefered using housemaids or waitresses, although he also used professional models when art dealers paid their fee which, most often, he could not afford

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by Jan Van Eyck

Wonderful, isn't it?

Basic informations about the painting:

1434 - Oil on wood
National Gallery, London

This title has traditionally been given to this painting because it was thought to be a form of ``wedding certificate'' for Giovanni Arnolfini and Giovanna Cenami, who married in Bruges in 1434. He was an Italian merchant, she the daughter of an Italian merchant. Probably the painter was asked to record this important moment as a witness, just as a notary might be asked to declare that he has been present at a similar solemn act. This would explain why the master has put his name in a prominent position on the picture with the Latin words 'Johannes de eyck fuit hic' (Jan van Eyck was here). In the mirror at the back of the room we see the whole scene reflected from behind, and there, so it seems, we also see the image of the painter and witness

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"THE CREATION OF ADAM" by Michelangelo

Basic informations about the painting:

1510 - Fresco
Sistine Chapel, Rome

An incredible scene from the Sistine Chapel ceiling, God creates Adam. The touch of God's hand awakens the newly created Adam and thus begins the life of human kind. The skillfull, symbolic depiction of this life-giving act is one of the most profound and inspiring artistic images ever painted. Commissioned by Pope Julius II in 1505, recently a medical student noticed how the right part of the fresco, showing God and the angels, resembles the human brain ! If you want to know more, click here and/or here.

(Really thanks to Nadège!)

Can you kindly send me an e-mail if you recognize any other famous painting featured on Neo's throne hall? The artist or the name of the painting would be enough to start a search. Really thanks!

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