Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Rose Symbolism Throughout Art History

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Marie Antoinette with a Rose , 1783
Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France

From Art and Object:

If one symbol represents love, power, royalty, beauty, sensuality, and mysticism–it is the rose. Also known as "the queen of flowers," the flower as we know it dates back to at least the oligocene epoch (about thirty-three to twenty-three million years ago). While much like camellia and azalea, it most certainly originated in the area that now corresponds to Southwest China, it has appeared across cultures since 3000 BCE. This slide show will focus on the prominence of roses in Western art from the first millennium BCE to the twenty-first century CE. (Read more.)


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