I didn't know that the Romans considered a pet sparrow a

I didn't know that the Romans considered a pet sparrow a

1/6/2021, 9:43:44 PM
I didn't know that the Romans considered a pet sparrow a love gift. Lesbia and Her Sparrow (1907) by Edward Poynter (1836-1919) shows a classical beauty whose attention is focused on her sparrow which perches on her outstretched arm. The story of Lesbia and her Sparrow was told by the Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus (c. 84-54 B.C.).Lesbia is generally considered to represent Clodia Metelli (b. c. 95 BC), wife of Metellus Celer, who was known for her beauty, her talent as a poetess, but also for her scandalous lifestyle with many lovers. Clodia Metelli and Metellus Celer had a complicated relation, filled with jealousy and remorse. The Roman poet called her Lesbia in his poems, and the the sparrow was probably a love gift from her lover. There is a lot of symbolism here! In her hair, Lesbia wears a wreath of violets, associated with Zeus. They symbolize love and fertility, but also to Lesbia's love for poetry. The roses also symbolize love.But roses also graw thorns and refer to the wounds of love. Poynter included musk and yellow roses, referring, respectively, to capricious beauty and a decrease in love as well as infidelity. The grapes also have meaning The bunch in front of her chest are heart-shaped. They refer to hedonism, as well as heavy drinking. #Art #Artwork #Painting #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #Roman #AncientRoman #EdwardPoynter #Poynter #Love #Complicated #Poetry #Poem #Sparrow #Pet #PetSparrow #Lesbia #Symbolism #Symbolics

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