Saturn Devouring His Son (1821-23) by Spanish artist Francisco Goya depicts Saturn eating his son in an attempt to avoid being overthrown by his children. Some consider it an allegory of Spain destroying her own people, based on the massacres and violence committed by both the French and Spanish armies during the Napoleonic occupation. But no one knows for sure, because Goya painted it for himself and left no records of his thoughts about the work. His personal imaginative visions, like this painting, defied the traditional academicism and conventionality of his time, sparking the development of modern aesthetic sensibility. In other words, Goya didn’t give a f**k about what was expected! He painted what he wanted to paint, the way he wanted to paint, because he was the king of his own jungle, and the world is better for it.
The Death of Marat, by Jacques-Louis David in 1793, is an icon of the French Revolution. In the painting, David depicts his friend Marat as a martyr, though many considered him a blood-hungry radical. The painting was forced into hiding until the mid-nineteenth century, when the admiration for David’s formalistic prowess outweighed the controversy of his political leanings. Today, the painting seems as harmless as a snow monkey.
A bona fide Masterpiece of the 19th Century is Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s Ugolino and His Sons from 1861, based on a story of greed from Dante’s Inferno. The original marble version is permanently displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and placed greedily in a corner, right next to the coffee stand to boost the museum’s sales of cappuccinos and scones! The cute kittens photo recalls the familiar pyramidical, multi-figure composition that Carpeaux used so well. By the way, F**k you, Met.
Cupid and Psyche had to fight for their love to exist, amidst obstacles of jealousy, and in-law disapproval! This sculpture of Cupid and Psyche, by Antonio Canova in 1793, is one of the most famous depictions. Cupid was responsible for shooting golden arrows to all creatures, including cats, to ensure that they fall in love and procreate!
The Rolling Stone cover from 1980 by Annie Liebovitz featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono was John’s last photo. He was shot five hours later. On January 13, 2012, Rolling Stone Magazine reported that the website Mental Floss had put together an exhaustive list of all of John Lennon's cats, from his childhood on through his career with the Beatles and up to his final days living in Manhattan with his wife, Yoko Ono. The Beatle's first cat as a boy was named Elvis Presley.
Canopic Jars were part of the mummification process used by Ancient Egyptians to preserve the organs of their owner for the afterlife. There are four jars for each mummy. The stomach, lungs, liver and intestines were saved in canopic jars, the same ingredients found in cat food.