Sunday, May 16, 2021

17C Myth - Goddess Flora - Symbol of Spring by Johannes (Jan) van Haensbergen (1642–1705)

1685-90 Lady as Flora, by Johannes (Jan) van Haensbergen (1642–1705) who was a Dutch Golden Age painter. His landscapes show the influence of his teacher Cornelius van Poelenburgh, & his portraits show the influence of Caspar Netscher.

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.