Santa Fe, NM
41.000 x 8.500 x 2.000 inches
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Swallows With Lilies No. 5
Painting - Acrylic On Plaster And Lime
SWALLOWS WITH LILIES
Inspired from the Fresco of the Lilies in room 2 at Akrotiri, a Bronze Age settlement on the Aegean island of Thera, c. 1500 B.C.
Situated on the ground floor of room 2, the original fresco adorned 3 walls from floor to ceiling. Swallows fly amid stalks of red lilies. The slight bend of the stalks implies a gentle breeze. It is believed that the artist was attempting to express the beginning of spring. Because a millstone and sickle were discovered in room 2, the room is thought to have been a shrine where rites were practiced in relation to a harvest festival and/or the processing of grain.
February 2nd, 2013
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