Tuesday, May 18, 2021

17C Myth - Goddess Flora - Symbol of Spring

Justus Sustermans (Flemish painter, 1597-1681) Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany in an idealized portrait as the Goddess Flora. Justus Sustermans also known as Giusto Sustermans, was a Flemish painter working in the Baroque style. He was born in Antwerp & died in Florence. Sustermans is chiefly notable for his portraits of members of the Medici family, as he was their court painter. His work can be found in both the Palatina Gallery & the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, & in many other galleries around the globe. During his lifetime he was fêted as one of the finest portrait painters in Italy.

In Roman mythology, Flora (Latin: Flōra) is a Sabine-derived goddess of flowers - a symbol for nature and flowers (especially the may-flower). While she was otherwise a relatively minor figure in Roman mythology, being one among several fertility goddesses, her association with the spring gave her particular importance at the coming of springtime, as did her role as goddess of youth. She was one of the fifteen deities who had their own flamen, the Floralis, one of the flamines minores. Her Greek counterpart is Chloris.

Spring & Summer are the perfect time to celebrate the rebirth of Earth's Beauty & Bounty.  Flowers gave beauty & inspiration to mankind's basic struggle to live & to populate & to protect his home-base, The Earth.  Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it...Genesis 2:15.