1996. Acrylic on canvas panel. 24"x36".
While Saturn is named for the Roman god of agriculture, many of its moons bear the names of Titans from the mythology of the ancient Greeks.
This painting is a tribute to Chesley Bonestell (1888 - 1986), widely considered the master of astronomical art. The natural beauty of the planet Saturn made it a favorite subject which Bonestell returned to often in his long career. Dione's rugged mountains and Saturn's dramatic clouds are exaggerations of reality, echoing Bonestell's stunning spacescapes, those beautiful visions of other worlds that inspired a generation of space artists.
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