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"Saint Demetra" by A. Sparrow

A Sparrow

"Saint Demetra" by A. Sparrow

$ 25.00
Color Anthropology
– How Color Shaped the World –

Color Anthropology features sixty international illustrators and designers who, through their prints and originals, have provided a snapshot into the history, significance, and prominence of some of their favorite colors from throughout the ages. From Egyptian Blue to Millenial Pink, Ancient to Contemporary, each color has stories we can't even begin to imagine. The Color Anthropology Exhibition is on display March 21st - May 20th, 2017.

You can view the gallery and archive of artwork here.


A. Sparrow

Saint Demetra
Color: Egyptian Blue / #1034A6
Giclee Print
12" x 16"

About this piece:
The cult of Demeter itself can be said to have been completely disbanded by the year 396AD, with the arrival of the Goths and subsequent destruction of the last few remaining sacred sites of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Demeter herself never fully disappeared from the hearts and minds of the people, however, and although no longer openly worshiped remained a constant presence in various guises, the most famous of which being Saint Demetrius, patron saint of agriculture, Demeter in everything but name.

In Eleusis, home of the cult of Demeter and perhaps where her presence continues to be most strongly felt even if the mysteries themselves have faded into obscurity, there was another saint, unrecognised by the church but adored by the locals all the same— Saint Demetra, a caryatid from one of the entrances of the ruins of Demeter’s temple. Those praying for a bountiful harvest would drape her in garlands of flowers, and it was believed that without her the crops would fail.

She was forcibly removed to England in the 1800s amidst furious riots by a travel writer who had bribed the Athenian waiwode for permission to do so, and now rests unadorned and ignored in an alcove in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.

Egyptian blue is often searched for in archeological artifacts to provide clues about how the object may have looked freshly painted as it remains visible in infrared long after any blue visible pigment has faded away, and I’d quite like to believe that in the right light, in the perfect conditions, in the same way you’d find infrared traces of Egyptian blue, if you squint very, very hard, you can still see traces of Saint Demetra as her people saw her, beloved and bedecked in a profusion of flowers.

About this artist:
Not 20 sparrows in a trench coat and hat because 20 sparrows aren't nearly enough to fill a regular human trench coat, and also that premise is absolutely ridiculous and definitely 100% untrue.


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