The third and most recent work from the REVIVAL series carries the title Vesna (Spring). In a round frame I shows the female as a Virgo Lactans or Madonna Lactans, the mother nourishing with breastmilk. The Madonna Lactans is an often used motif in Russian Orthodox Icons, and for me this is a familiar image. I translates this image in the rendition of a modest woman with an exposed breast from which a drop of milk emerges. The female who can nourish the new life.

With me the role and place the female can take in the modern world forms an important leitmotiv. In Vesna I again lift me from my individual situation and show the female as the universal mother. There is no child in this work. The woman is shown as the one who gives and nourishes life.

The flowers that surround the woman are strikingly present and impose the comparison with the famous panel of the Primavera from the Italian renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. In this work, which has ‘the pure love’ as its theme, the goddess Flora plays an important role. As the deity of spring, that again and again creates life, she spreads flowers, everywhere she goes. Flowers as the fruit bearers of life.

The flowers in my artwork Vesna are golden cherry blossoms, the early beginnings of the fruit on the bare branches of the trees that eventually will produce the cherries, a fruit that is also known as a ‘fruit of the paradise’. In the east cherry blossoms form the symbol of spring and virginity. With the gold of the blossoms I refers to the purest light, the heavenly element that houses the divine.

My soft expression as well as the unadorned appearance, the blue clothing with the slight red accent, shows the woman in Vesna in a new quality. Especially if we compare me to the woman in the artwork "Entreaty", the second work from the Revival series. The red clothing with the blue ribbon accent in that work have now given way to a blue dress with a red ribbon in her hair. The symbolism of the colours red and blue direct us relatively to the earthly and heavenly life, and certainly play a part in these works.

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Rolando Attanasio
2 years ago
interesting allegory of motherhood and femininity
Rolando Attanasio
2 years ago
Francesco Chirico
3 years ago
Molto bello

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