Atlas

The Rockefeller Center the statue of Atlas. The bronzed figure has his arms wide, holding up the vault of heaven. 
The Rockefeller Center the statue of Atlas. The bronzed figure has his arms wide, holding up the vault of heaven.

Atlas was given the task of holding the heavens on his shoulders as punishment from Zeus for leading the Titans in their battle with the Olympian Gods for control of the heavens.

The Olympian Gods which he battled against included his father Zeus.

Thus, allegorical representation of Lucifer as it was Lucifer leading the rebellion against God.


When the statute of Atlas unveiled  at the Rockefeller Center 1937, some people protested, claiming that it looked like Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Later, painter James Montgomery Flagg said that Atlas "looks too much as Mussolini thinks he looks". - Dianne L. Durante. Outdoor monuments of Manhattan: a historical guide. p. 141.
When the statute of Atlas unveiled  at the Rockefeller Center 1937, some people protested, claiming that it looked like Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Later, painter James Montgomery Flagg said that Atlas “looks too much as Mussolini thinks he looks”. – Dianne L. Durante. Outdoor monuments of Manhattan: a historical guide. p. 141.

 

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