I filed away this Caron advertisement from 1940 a while ago, not just because I liked it, but because I had a feeling that its imagery was borrowed from some earlier work of art. Yesterday, in a completely unrelated search, I came across the source…
Caron’s illustrator was definitely looking at this first-century fresco from the Villa Arianna in Stabiae, near Pompeii, and he or she made just a few adjustments to the woman’s hairstyle and the edges of her draperies.
The fresco now belongs to the collections of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples. The British Museum offers a short-and-sweet description of this ancient wall painting:
“Flora, the goddess of fertility, flowers and spring. Wearing a golden yellow tunic and a white mantle, which falls from her shoulder, she walks away from the viewer, plucking a flower to put with the others in the cornucopia (horn of plenty).”
It’s a perfect image to contemplate on a dreary winter day like today.
Images: Caron advertisement (1940) via Paperpursuits; fresco via British Museum.
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What a great image…a while back, you recommended book titles for me, including Power Up. I spotted a used copy, snatched it up, and have been enjoying it in the drear. Earlier still, you recommended an art book called Bare Life, which I happily received as a birthday present from my husband. As a result of all this, I have nicknamed you in my head, the Art Fairy. I picture you carrying an Anna Sui-designed black wand and travelling in a cyclone of cat fur, appearing to those in need of art assistance (you must stay busy with that). So, thank you, Art Fairy!
Dear S, Thank you so much for this comment — it means more to me than you could guess! And now I want to commission a magic wand from Anna, or at least up-cycle one of her makeup brushes for this purpose… 😉
Wishing you a bright and joyful holiday season!
Every time I read these your posts I am amazed by your eye for art. I just wanted to say that your efforts are appreciated.
Happy holidays to you!
Undina!! I appreciate you as well. Thanks for being such a good companion in this shared love of scent and other things of beauty!
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