‘Fine Art’, in short, is an art that gives people the feeling of beauty. Many people put art on the shelf, thinking that it is an art that is difficult for the public to understand. In fact, the opposite is true. Art can be said to be the most popular type of art. Perhaps appreciation of art may indeed require a certain level of art skills. There is no threshold. A watch itself can also be called a kind of ‘art’, whether painting, sculpture or music, can complement the watch and play a complementary effect. On the dial of a series of three-question wristwatches launched by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2009, exquisite classical paintings are presented on the dial, which brings us a fine art feast. Today, the watch family is with you Talk about watches and art.
To appreciate an artwork, we first need to understand the subject matter of the artwork. For painting, the most common themes in classic Western art are ‘religion’ and ‘myth.’ These contents may seem mysterious. In fact, the contents are fairly simple and interesting. The most important thing is that it is easier to get started than those with composition and brush strokes. For this Jaeger-LeCoultre watch, I want to time people who do not know much about art and painting can also guess its content-blond hair, naked girl, and little angel (Cupid), that is probably Wiener Spence.
Venus is the goddess of love and beauty in ancient Roman mythology, but also the goddess of fertility and navigation, corresponding to Aphrodite in Greek mythology. The Latin words ‘Venus’ and ‘Friday’ all come from her. It is the embodiment of love and beauty in ancient Roman mythology. Aphrodite is the Greek name of Venus. It is said that she was born from the waves in the sea, so she is called Aphrodite (meaning water).
Yes, we can basically judge from the spray on the dial that this painting describes the birth of Venus. The name of this painting is also called ‘Birth of Venus’, which is the work of French academic painter Alexandre Cabanel (September 28, 1823-January 23, 1889).
In the same way, the story depicted on the dial of another Jaeger-LeCoultre watch Q1646413 is also the birth of Venus. The original work of this painting is called ‘The Venus of Anadi Oman’, the name is derived from Greek, meaning the goddess born from the foam of the sea. Do you feel familiar with this picture? Then let’s look at the next picture.
The author of ‘Anady Oman’s Venus’ is the French painter Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, the author of the ‘Spring’, which is now hidden in the Louvre in Paris. , 1780-1867).
Let’s talk about the birth of Venus, why was Venus born in the spray. This comes to Uranos, the grandfather of Zeus, the god of the gods. Uranos is the god of the sky in Greek mythology, born from the finger of his mother Gaia. The universe was originally the king of the gods of the ruler. The Greek word ‘sky’ means deification of heaven, symbolizing hope and The future and represent the sky.
Uranos is Gaia’s son and Gaia’s husband (is it chaotic? Hehe … and more chaotic), as the most powerful god at the time, his birth was always monopolized by Gaia, and fertility was one. This kind of right, others do not have the right to reproduce. Because Uranos loved his rights, he tied Gaia’s and his children in Gaia’s body. Eventually Gaia couldn’t stand it anymore. She said to the children, ‘Listen to me, your father insults us, he lets We endure his terrible power, and we can never go on like this. You should rise up against your father. ‘
Hearing these fierce words, the Titans in Gaia’s stomach were frightened. No one dared to speak. Uranos was always pressed on their mother. It was not easy to defeat him. Only the youngest son, Ke Cronus (the second-generation king of the gods, Zeus’ father) promised to help his mother overthrow his father. Gaia and Kronos made a plan. She put a sickle in the hands of Little Kronos, and when Uranos vented his sexual power on Gaia, he grabbed his father’s sexual organs with his left hand, tightly Hold it tightly, then wave the sickle with your right hand and cut it.
Uranos, at the moment of his castration, roared in pain, suddenly separated from Gaia, and has been fixed at the highest point in the world forever, and can no longer move. Immediately afterwards, in order to avoid possible trouble caused by his actions, Kronos threw Uranos’s genitals upwards and fell into the Aegean waves. Wiener was born from the wave foam that it set off. S. (Ah … that’s right, the so-called goddess is here …)
Kronos by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Then Kronos rescued eleven brothers and sisters from Gaia. They elected Kronos as the god king, and then Kronos and his sister took control of the passage of time and married the goddess of wind and frost, Rhea. But his father Uranos cursed Kronos: ‘You will be overthrown by your son like me.’ To avoid this curse, Kronos made a cruel decision: to give birth Children eat all.
Rhea had five children for Kronos, all swallowed by his father at birth (including Demeter, Hera, Hersty, Hardis, and Poseidon). Rhea is very sad, so after she gave birth to her sixth child, she was determined to save the child. She named the baby boy Zeus, and Rhea gave Zeus to the eucalyptus fairy, and wrapped a stone in the cloth. Here it was handed to Kronos, who swallowed it without seeing it.
When Zeus grew up, he married the intelligent goddess Murtis as a wife and obeyed his wife’s plan to seduce his father Kronos to take the vomiting medicine. After Kronos took the medicine, he vomited continuously, vomiting all his children Come out. Later, everyone threw Kronos out of the palace. Zeus established a new government in Olympus, reallocating power: the ocean to Poseidon, the land government to Hades, and the sky itself.
The Abduction of Europa by Valentin Alexandrovich Serov (1865-1911)
As we all know, Zeus is a passionate god. Most of the legends about Zeus are about Zeus collecting beautiful women. How can Venus, who is considered to be the highest symbol of female physique, escape the eye of Zeus. Zeus found Venus and expressed his admiration, but although Venus’s personal virginity was not so chaste, he rejected Zeus. So ‘watchful’ Zeus retaliated by giving her to his son Blacksmith God Hephaestus.
Why is it revenge? Legend has it that Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera, but was born with a lame leg and an ugly face. However, Venus, as the most popular goddess in charge of love and marriage, is naturally unwilling to do so. She often cheats with Ares, the god of war. Once they cheated, Hephaestus opened a delicate gold net. They shrouded them and made them ugly in front of the gods. This story unfortunately became the best-known story of Hephaestus.
Venus and Cupid by Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Venus gave birth to the famous Cupid after cheating with Ares. Cupid can be said to be the best recognizable of all artistic figures, usually a naughty little boy with bows and arrows and a pair of small wings, often appearing with Venus. On the dials of Jaeger-LeCoultre Q1642430 and Q1642431 are Venus and Cupid.
Venus intoxicated by love and music by Tiziano Vecellio (1490-1576)
Among them, the dial of Q1642430 depicts ‘Venus and Cupid’ by Guido Reni (1575-1642), while the dial of Q1642431 is known as the father of Western oil painting, Titian Vecelli. The Venus intoxicated by love and music by Tiziano Vecellio (1490-1576), with Venus leaning on a sun lounger in front of the window with the farm scenery as the background. Under her feet, an organist was playing an instrument and kept looking back at Venus’s nude, while Venus gently taught Cupid, the god of love, to sing while listening to music, and indulged in love and music, no matter what. The luthier couldn’t look at her.
Well, today’s story is here. The development of Greek and Roman myths after the Renaissance has an important influence on the development of European literature and art. Understanding Greek and Roman myths is not only very interesting, but also a very good way to interpret fine art works. accumulation. The gods in these myths have translations of Greek and Roman names. In this article, only the more well-known translations are used, rather than the translations of a single language. (Picture / text watch home Xie Xin)