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Childhood influence on a godhead sociopath by Joseph Walrave

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This piece is inspired by an essay on the life of Caligula. What made him a sociopath? What made him believe he was some kind of deity? What made him develop these specific survival skills? Who are we to judge others? Or are we obliged to judge others in order to maintain our feeling of security in our civilized society?

[ink and water-solluble wax pastels on A4 Canson paper]

Introduction of the beforementioned essay: “Imagine being born into a world of violence, betrayal, broken family, imprisonment, and utter misery. Then imagine having to harbor such atrocities and hardships internally with no time for remorse. One could say with certainty that such internal pain could lead to a whirl-wind of self destruction and violent tendencies later in life. This model best fits the Roman emperor Caligula. More often than not, when one hears of his name they recall the terrible atrocities he committed during his reign including acts of grotesque violence, lust, and insanity. For these reasons historians have portrayed Caligula as a mad man. This madness, however, did not suddenly overcome Caligula in a “brain-fever” during his time as emperor as early historians suggested occurred in 38 AD. New evidence has led one to believe that the madness that Caligula experienced was a result of a series of traumatic events over his life rather than a single event that occurred during his reign as Emperor. Using sources from both the past and present one will argue that Caligula’s madness during his adulthood as emperor was set to detonate like a time bomb by his brutal past as a child.”

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  • Maraia
    Maraiaalmost 2 years ago

    this is a wonderful drawing, full of character.

  • Hi Maraia, thank you for the very kind words! Best wishes for 2013!

    – Joseph Walrave

  • Loui  Jover
    Loui Joveralmost 2 years ago

    wonderful and with the back story even more evocative and strong

  • Hi Loui, thanks!

    – Joseph Walrave

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMalmost 2 years ago


    Congratulations! You’ve been featured in Finks of Inks!

  • Hi Lisa, thank you so much for featuring this drawing in Finks of Inks! Greetings,

    – Joseph Walrave

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 2 years ago


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  • Hi Mary, thanks for featuring this piece in Artists Universe.

    Kind regards,

    – Joseph Walrave

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsalmost 2 years ago

    Your scintilating style is just wonderful art Joseph , each and every portrait you gift us to view never ceases to amaze me .
    Confident and sooooooooooooo unique work my friend … Paul

  • Hi Paul, always love to see your comment on my work. You are way too kind. Some people, like you, call it unique art. Nice to see some people like unique art. ;-) Thank you, my friend, Paul. Greetings,

    – Joseph Walrave

  • Stacey Lazarus
    Stacey Lazarusalmost 2 years ago


    Great Work!
    Your Hosts, SG & Deborah

  • SG & Deborah, many thanks for featuring this piece.

    – Joseph Walrave

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 2 years ago



    JANUARY 28th, 2013
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  • Hi Mary, thank you so much for featuring this piece in Painters Universe!

    – Joseph Walrave

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    deborah zaragozaalmost 2 years ago


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  • Hi Deborah, you are way too kind for me. Thanks for this feature! I really appreciate it.

    – Joseph Walrave

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