Here are more photos than you expected to see today of the Ernesto Biondi sculpture Saturnalia which rests mischievously in the Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens. Bar none, it’s my favorite sculpture in that sprawling park. Check out the inquisitive dragonflies caught in the spiderwebs.
Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the deity, Saturn , held on December 17 of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through December 23. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms: gambling was permitted, and masters provided table service for their slaves. The poet Catullus called it “the best of days.”
Biondi captured that atmosphere well. Enjoy and Happy Saturnalia! May your masters serve you well.