Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite]

Media: Charcoal and Chalk on Kraft Paper
Detail shots below artwork

Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite]  by Tom Mallon - Charcoal and Chalk on Kraft Paper
 
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  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Cockleshell
    Oceanus holds the cockleshell resting place for the goddess Aphrodite with Cronus' brother Coeus departing in the background.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Oceanus, Father of Waters
    Son of Uranus (brother to Cronus, brother/consort to Tethys, father to the Oceanids) holds the giant cockleshell upon which the newly created Aphrodite rests.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Blessings to Aphrodite
    Cronus' sister Phoebe, titan goddess of brightness and radiance, descends to the ocean foam and bestows her blessing upon the newly formed goddess
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Phoebe, Goddess of Light
    Daughter of Uranus, sister/consort to Coeus, mother to Leto and grandmother to Apollo and Artemis bestows her blessings on the newly formed goddess.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Preparing the Way
    The Titaness Tethys prepares a path through the foam for Aphrodite.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Pointing the Way
    The hands of Phoebe and Tethys intermingle. Tethys (right) is the Daughter of Uranus (sister to Cronus, sister/consort to Oceanus, mother to the Oceanids). She will guide Aphrodite towards the island of Cyprus
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Death and Transfiguration
    Uranus would bleed dry from his wounds. However, his immortal life-blood would immediately transform to first create the Erinyes (Rm: Furies). These would mature to become the female chthonic deities of vengeance. They, in turn, were followed by the Gigantes, a race of giants who would later do war with the Olympian Gods. Finally, the last few drops of Uranus' blood transfigured to become the Meliae, the ancient ash-tree nymphs who would one day nurse the baby Zeus until he was old enough to challenge and overthrow his father, Cronus.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Death and Transfiguration (detail)
    Detail of the dying Uranus as his immortal blood and semen flow to earth to complete his transfiguration
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Goddess of Love and Beauty
    Fully formed from the foam of the sea, Aphrodite (Rm: Venus) appears upon a giant cockleshell before she ascends to Mount Othrys, home of the Titans.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Aphrodite (Rm: Venus)
    Predating Zeus and the Gods of Olympus, Aphrodite is a sudden and unplanned beauty born from the foam (aphros) produced by Uranus' genitals, cast into the ocean by his patricidal son, Cronus, who then assumed his thrown. Uranus transfigured as Aphrodite is daughter and sister to no one.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Protective Embrace
    The Titan Hyperion is shown here protecting Aphrodite as she is transformed from foam to the likeness of a Titan/Goddess.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Hyperion
    Brother to Cronus, brother/consort to Theia, father to Helios and Selene the Sun and Moon Gods, Hyperion (detailed here) was the first to understand the movement of the sun, moon, and heavenly bodies.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Creatures of the Sea
    Porpoises rejoice at the birth of Aphrodite, as they ride the waves following the ascent of the newly born Goddess to her new home on Mount Othrys.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Fish of the Ocean
    The fish of the sea, circle the Titan Hyperion as he oversees the transfiguration of the new goddess Aphrodite.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Celestial Guide
    The Porpoise, an ancient symbol of peaceful virtue and undisguised joy, was also thought to be a guide to another world. Here the porpoise acts as a scout for Aphrodite as she moves to her new celestial realm as Goddess of Love and Beauty
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Gala's Curse
    Gala, the primordial mother of creation and the divinities, is horrified at the brutality of the attack upon her son/consort Uranus. She curses their son Cronus while the now castrated Uranus predicted that he too will one day be overthrown by his own youngest son, born to him by his consort Rhea. Employing all her creative powers, Gala then grasps the thigh of Rhea and wills the seed of Zeus into her womb.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - The Royal Couple
    Cronus is deeply disturbed and reels from mighty Gala's curse, Rhea comforts her consort with an embrace as she aids in his ascent to Mount Othrys. There he will sit upon the throne of Titans and replace Uranus as ruler of the heavens. Once there, Cronus will resolve to swallow whole all the offsprings Rhea may produce.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Rhea
    Now rid of Uranus, Cronus ascends to his father's throne accompanied by his sister/bride Rhea (shown here). Consort to Cronus and future mother to Zeus who, with her help, would one day overthrow his father Cronus.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Cronus
    Having murdered his father, Uranus, Cronus ascends to Mount Othrys along with his consort Rhea to assume sovereignty over the Titans. Cronus too will eventually be overthrown by his own son, Zeus.
  • Transfiguration [Birth of Aphrodite] by Tom Mallon - Hand of the Future
    The hand of Rhea, with Cronus right arm in the background, show floating above a chasm of foam, space and time. Rhea will one day provide aid to her son Zeus in usurping his father.
 
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