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Arts 2017, 6(2), 3; doi:10.3390/arts6020003

Symbolism of the Goat and Its Presence in Picasso’s Work

Department of Greek Philology, Arabic Studies, Linguistics, Documentation and Latin Philology, University of Malaga, Campus de Teatinos, 29071 Malaga, Spain
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Academic Editor: Enrique Mallen
Received: 28 August 2016 / Accepted: 9 March 2017 / Published: 5 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pablo Picasso Studies)
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To ancient men, goats, and all that was related to them, were associated with a burning sexuality, even with lasciviousness and lust, and connected with the deities Venus and Bacchus. In this case, this connection occurs through mythological creatures, like fauns and satyrs, all of them representations of an unbridled sexuality. On the other hand, goats were also considered as whimsical and unstable animals, whose behavior was very changeable, and in some contexts, as a symbol of Christ. This paper will show how many of these symbols are repeated in the representations of this animal in Picasso’s works. View Full-Text
Keywords: goat; buck; lasciviousness; lust; capricious behavior; Christ; symbolism; Picasso goat; buck; lasciviousness; lust; capricious behavior; Christ; symbolism; Picasso
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Macías Villalobos, C.; Macías Fuentes, D. Symbolism of the Goat and Its Presence in Picasso’s Work. Arts 2017, 6, 3.

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