The Saturnalian stands with French newspaper Charlie Hebdo against the Islamists who target free expression with violence. To combat these acts, we must continue to express ourselves without fear. Doing so is the only way to defeat the Islamists.
Contemporary society typically associates Dutch post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh with his 1889 masterpiece The Starry Night. However, Starry Night Over the Rhone is perhaps a better illustration of van Gogh’s mastery of light. The reflections on the water of gas lamps along the shore of the Rhone in Arles, contrasts with the stars of the night sky.
[I]n short the starry sky painted by night, actually under a gas jet. The sky is aquamarine, the water is royal blue, the ground is mauve. The town is blue and purple. The gas is yellow and the reflections are russet gold descending down to green-bronze. On the aquamarine field of the sky the Great Bear is a sparkling green and pink, whose discreet paleness contrasts with the brutal gold of the gas. Two colorful figurines of lovers in the foreground.
French artist Thomas Couture painted Romans in Decadence of Empire for historical depiction of the decay of Roman culture near the collapse of the Empire. In many ways, the decay of American culture today parallels that of the Romans above. The Saturnalian employs the painting as its header to illustrate the atmosphere of a typical Saturnalian celebration and as representation of the American empire’s decline today.