Herculean Task

By: houseoftherose

Sep 25 2011

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Category: art, dali, languedoc, pyrenees, travel

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Salvador Dali

by rose marie

September 25, 2011

This day calls for another of Dali’s beautiful renditions of the mythical realms.

Today’s picture looks like a Herculean Task: holding up the pillar of a temple. We all are challenged with this type of tasks every now and then and we cannot imagine that we will be able to finish it, without help and without means. But time and again it turns out that the task, once you have started to work on it, is not as  huge as it looked before. It also is do-able as soon as you have properly thought out the way to tackle it. We are capable of so much more then we think and just like Hercules, we will not be given a labour that we cannot fulfill.

Hercules is, by the way, one of the famous mythical figures  in the Pyrenees, our area. He had to steal the herds of king Geryon as his 10th labour and while performing this task he had also erected enormous piles of stones along the way, dedicated to Pyrene the daughter of king Bebryx. Hence: the Pyrenees.

This mythical story is different from the Greek version and adapted to the local scene.

Like in Dali’s picture, we all adapt to our circumstances and we all live and experience our own myths the best way possible. For an artist to be able to express this in the way Dali does is just amazing and I am very happy to be able to visit his museums regularly since they are part of my guide itinerary. Come along and enjoy with me ….


One comment on “Herculean Task”

  1. The Greek Gods probably are better defined that the Gods of our World. When you really think about it, it just seems more realistic. You have a God that controls each part of the universe compared to just one that rules them all. What’s really funny is every thousand years or so they make up with another religion. Go figure.

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