Yuletide Greetings, pining for Apollo

As the 21st is the Winter Solstice which is to occur 6:38 pm EST, I thought a post ostensibly about the sun appropriate.

Appropriate as Los Angeles is being flooded by rains, the sun so very far away.

Appropriate as I can unearth some images of dear Apollo; my readership seems to spike when I offer  images of male pulchritude.

Apollo and the Continents

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

1752-53

The Feast of Saturnalia, traditionally  celebrated on the 17th of December, is part of a long tradition of deep winter festivities.

Saturnalia

Antoine-François Callet

18th century

Musée de Louvre

The Roman feast devoted to Sol Invictus, a collective of sun deities, was held on the 25th of December providing a happy “bait and switch” for the early Church.

 

The image of halos behind  Christian saints stems from the solar rays of Sol Invictus.

The winter solstice has provided  many an excuse worldwide to celebrate;  the winter festivities of  Yule  a colorful example.

I have only just begun to understand the symbolism of the Yule tradition, but the Yule goat, familiar to any IKEA shopper this time of year stems from this winter celebration.

Santa and the Yule Goat

As I am  mad for goats, I was interested to know that the Yule Goat tradition stems from the pair of goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr who were responsible for dragging the god Thor about town.

Thor’s battle with the Ertins

1872

Mårten Eskil Winge

As much as I adore Norse mythology,


the images are often quite chaste, ; given the cold dreariness of LA right now, I desired sensual warmth.

Hence Apollo, gotta love the Greeks.


Apollo, Poetry, & Music

Aimé Millet

1860-69

Palais Garnier ,Paris

Apollo-mania:


Apollo and Diana

1757

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Apollo and Daphne

Dosso Dossi

1524

Museo e Galleria Borghese

(That green is incredible.)

Apollo e la Sibillia Cumana

17th cent.

Giovanni Domenico Cerrini

1609-1681

Apollo and Two Muses

1741

Pompeo Batoni

1708-1787

Apollo and Daphne

1625

Nicolas Poussin

Apollo Revealing His Divinity to the Shepherdess Isse

1750

Francois Boucher

I appreciate your indulgence.

I send Yuletide greetings, wishing you and your kin great happiness,


Just one more really delightful goat clip, too silly, too sweet.

Respectfully submitted,

Babylon Baroque


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4 Responses to “Yuletide Greetings, pining for Apollo”

  1. […] As the 21st is the Winter Solstice which is to occur 6:38 pm EST, I thought a post ostensibly about the sun appropriate. Appropriate as Los Angeles is being flooded by rains, the sun so very far away. Appropriate as I can unearth some images of dear Apollo; my readership seems to spike when I offer  images of male pulchritude. Apollo and the Continents Giovanni Battista Tiepolo 1752-53 The Feast of Saturnalia, traditionally  celebrated on the 17t … Read More […]

  2. 🙂
    What I said was “Interesting post and pictures. Don’t miss the YouTube video with the goats at the end”.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but I don’t remember if I’ve ever said anything before 🙂

  3. babylonbaroque Says:

    Oh excellent, thank you!

  4. babylonbaroque Says:

    the goats are quite adorable!

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