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Friday, April 14, 2017

[GBM] Neptune as a believer, not only a god

Galleria Sabauda, Torino

Neptune willingly accepts to help Love in the Adonis Affair, all the more so as he learns that Adonis' and Venus' beautiful daughter, Beroe, is destined one day to become one of his wives in his crowded harem. The sea god then exalts the cosmic power of Love: a pre-Christian philosophical and religious attitude that became fashionable again in the Renaissance after the rediscovery of Lucretius' Latin poem De Rerum Natura. Marino's phrasing, anyway, also recalls lines from Dante and the Christian hymns to the Holy Spirit.

1.116

"You, supreme power in the sky circles,
the dispenser of joys and pleasures,
the emperor of noble desires     not always noble
and enlightener of dark thoughts,
sweet rest from tears and sighs,    or often, their cause
sweet link of the hearts and wills,
from whom Nature draws its order,     Ṛta (Sanskrit)
O god of marvels---what can't you do?"