Thursday, October 22, 2009

H is for Hygieia

Okay....so....I think I'm going to challenge myself and create a "Visual Alphabet". Hopefully every week I'll get a letter up. I'd like to say I'm going to stick with mythology and fantasy characters but I might stray into another genre once in a while. So "H" is the first and I'll randomly pick letters here and there.

This is a child portrait of the goddess Hygieia. She was a healer and prevented the spread of disease. She was often depicted as a young woman with one snake and a bowl. The snake represents the delivery of medicine as well as a courier of spirits from the underworld.

Gustav Klimt has a spectacular rendition of Hygieia that I used for inspiration. Go ahead and google that! You know you want to.

2 comments:

Lisandro said...

Hey Christina,

You have a nice blog, this "visual alphabet" idea is really cool, looking forward to seeing more! see you in class.

-Lisandro

Christina Hess said...

Thanks for following Lisandro! See you next week.