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Fifth picture of my old series "Animal planet", which was about representing the solar system as fantastic animals.
Jupiter is the biggest planet on the solar system and the most important Greek god...so a lion seemed like the most apropiate. You know, the king of animals and all that.
The moons, on the other hand, gave me more time to study, even if I only included 4 of the 64-ish that the real Jupiter has.
Io is a calf because of the legend in which Jupiter transforms the maiden Io into a calf.
On the scientific side, Io is the objet with more volcanic activity in the solar system.
Europa is a serval. It has no reason to be one, but I added crystals on their back because this moon is made of ice.
It has a flower on it's tail because there's some evidence about Europa having forms of life under the ice capes.
Ganymede is an eagle because of the hero that Jupiter kiddnaped trasformed as an eagle. It has a cup on it's beak because it became a butler for the gods.
And Callisto is a the bear, because as Io, Callisto was trasformed by Jupiter into a bear. And acording to the legend, was placed in the sky as the constellation of the ursa major.
Made in Photoshop CS
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Artwork © Silvia Torres 2009