Encaustic on wood-fiber plate high density «Rose flower. Heart of Aphrodite»

Yulia Mamontova
«Rose flower. Heart of Aphrodite»
Encaustic on wood-fiber plate high density
35,4” х 35,4”
Painting was shown at the exhibition «Floral myths of Hellas», Russian Art Museum
in Moscow (Russia, August. 2020).


This painting is dedicated to the history of the queen of flowers – Rose. The famous poetess of the era of Ancient Greece – Safo called the rose only as “queen of flowers.” The famous philosopher Socrates considered this flower the most beautiful and useful. As the myths of Ancient Greece read, the temples erected in honor of the goddess of love were surrounded by chic rose gardens, and the goddess herself often indulged herself in baths with rose water to maintain beauty. According to one Greek legend, the rose was created by the goddess of flowers Chloride (Flora in the Roman tradition). Seeing the breathless body of the nymph in the forest, she tried to revive her. The efforts were in vain and in memory of the nymph she decided to create at least a flower. From Aphrodite, the goddess of love, she asked for beauty for him, from Dionysus, the god of winemaking, nectar for a captivating aroma. The Three Graces gave the flower brilliance, joy, and color, and Zephyr, the god of the west wind, dispersed the clouds so that the sun god, Apollo, warmed the rose with his tender warmth. The first rose was presented to Eros, the god of love. According to another legend, white roses appeared from splashes of water at the time of the birth of Aphrodite, and the red rose was created by Aphrodite herself: mourning Adonis, she created it from her tears and the blood of her beloved. Some sources claim that the rose blushed due to the negligence of Cupid, who dropped a drop of wine on her.