Thursday, July 23, 2009

Olive Tree

Just popping in to share a new painting! 'Olive Tree' was completed a few days ago, and it's time to shine is today.

I didn't go into this painting to paint an actual olive tree - but when I was done, that's what came to mind. And after looking into it, I found that there was a lot of olive tree-related symbolism in Ancient Greek / Roman times. It symbolized abundance, glory, wisdom and peace just to name a few.

The olive tree is mentioned in so much ancient literature, and by many famous ancient authors, such as Homer.

In Greek mythology, it mentions that Athena gave the olive tree to the people of Attica, and that this won her the patronage of the city of Athens over Poseidon.

I'm not sure how accurate this story is, since translations differ and so forth. But it's still an interesting thought.

6 comments:

The Artist Behind A.N. Original Jewelry said...

Ooooo! LOVE this! Do you do large prints by the way? :)

Kerry said...

I just love trees! I guess that's why I am so attracted to your shop! :) This piece is beautiful!

moxiecupcake said...

I love Greek mythology! My dad is actually an professor of archaeology, specializing in ancient Greece.

This painting is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Greek mythology is sooo interesting. You're right about the olive tree, it's symbolism is in many stories. I'm very impressed with the use of color in the leaves on this tree. The darker side complimented by the lighter side. You're talent is well utilized with the trees you make!!

Athena's Armoury said...

With Athena as my shop's namesake, how can I not love this piece? Lovely.

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