After a drawing by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Naples 1598 - Rome 1680)
End of the 17th century
21 cm( 8 17⁄64 in )
0€ - 15000€
Cronos eating his child, bronze, last quarter of the 17th century, Perugia, Galleria Nazionale dell Umbria
This remarkable gilded bronze represents the Greek deity Cronos (Saturne pour les Romains), in train to devour one of his children. Sons of the primordial divinities Gaïa and Ouranos, the titan Cronos returns to meet them, they are ready to free their brothers and sisters who would later find themselves in the entrances of the land, craignant of being lost for their progéniture. In the suite of this episode, Cronos must read the roi and take his sister Rhéa. Be that as it may, he engages in a reign as tyrannical as the previous one. It is important to know that one of your own children will return to you on tour, the decision to devour one of your naissance. Ainsi, the engloutit Hestia, Déméter, Héra, Hadès et Poséidon. The former, Zeus, is heureusement sauvé par sa mère thanks to the subterfuge of the long pier and finished fulfilling the prophecy. Confused over the course of the centuries with the divinity Chronos, personnification of times, modern artists have given this person an incarnation of the concept of eternal retour (historical cycle is reputed to be inlassable) and a metaphor of times that must be tout. Chronos is also represented as in our bronze with the attributes of times, visible, carrying the arrows. The style, expressiveness and great theater of this place in the Roman context of the 17th century. It is also a surprise that it was revealed, as well as two other examples, not gold, preserved in the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria de Pérouse et au Staatliche Museen de Berlin, which was created after a portrait of the master of baroque romain : Gian Lorenzo Bernini.