Flora and Hiawatha

The West Wind swept up the mother of Hiawatha and the West Wind also swept up the Roman goddess, Flora. I may adapt the story of Hiawatha into my novel and my fixation with Flora has me considering this adoption.

Florida has two places name for Hiawatha’s grandmother, Nokomis, one in Escambia County, Florida and another Nokomis is in Sarasota County, Florida.

Both images from Wikipedia

Artist: Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510)

Title: Italian: Nascita di Venere
The Birth of Venus

Description: Depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a fully grown woman, arriving at the sea-shore. The seashell she stands on was a symbol in classical antiquity for a woman’s vulva. Thought to be based in part on the Venus de’ Medici, an ancient Greek marble sculpture of Aphrodite.

Date: from 1483 until 1485[1]

Medium: tempera on panel

Dimensions: Length: 278.5 cm (109.6 in). Height: 172.5 cm (67.9 in).

Current location: Uffizi Gallery room Botticelli

Object history: commissioned by Lorenzo and Giovanni di Pierfrancesco de’Medici for Villa di Castello (?)

References: Text about “Birth of Venus” from E.H. Gombrich, “The Story of Art”

  1. Jump up↑ Deimling, Barbara. Sandro Botticelli, published 2000. Taschen, Art & Art Instruction, ISBN 3822859923, p. 95

Source/Photographer: Adjusted levels from File:Sandro Botticelli – La nascita di Venere – Google Art Project.jpg, originally from Google Art Project. Compression Photoshop level 9.

Description: Statue of Hiawatha (Longfellow‘s Hiawatha) carrying Minnehaha at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Image by Mulad. A plaque at the site says:

Hiawatha and Minnehaha by Jacob Fjelde
Erected in 1911 by means of funds raised through the efforts of Mrs. L.P. Hunt of Mankato, and contributed principally by the school children of Minnesota.

Date: 8 June 2006 (original upload date)

Source: No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims).

Author: No machine-readable author provided. Emiel~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims).


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