REALISM - MYTHOLOGICAL - SCIENCE FICTION - MIDDLE-EARTH - FANTASY - SPACE - PORTRAITS - DRAWINGS - ARCHIVE  


" Mercury: The Messenger "

36" x 48" oil on panel
© 2007 Donato Giancola
collection of the artist


With manned missions to space on the decline, the story of the space-faring astronaut will morph from one of technocratic accomplishment to that of mythology. The exploits of the Apollo moon missions are already ranked as the greatest of human achievements. Astronauts, insulated, encased, armored with our most advanced technology for protection from the harshest of environments, represent extremes of human ambition and vulnerability, accomplishment and limitation. Just as the Greek gods rise from the dust of ancient narratives to teach us universal lessons, so too shall the astronaut provide the children of our children with a source of inspiration.