27 May 2010

The Month of June: Juno and the Peacock

June is soon upon us; the month was named for the ancient Roman goddess Juno. Her Greek equivalent Hera became associated with the peacock after Alexander the Great brought them back from his conquests. As goddess of the heavens she rode in a chariot drawn by the proud bird. Like the peacock that was visually beautiful but had an ugly voice, the consort of the Greek Zeus and the Roman Jupiter was full of contradictions. She was the protector of marriage and family but was also jealous and vengeful. The goddess carries a pomegranate symbolizing both fertility and death. Juno is shown with Jupiter in Italian Baroque painter Annibale Carracci’s (1560- 1609) fresco The Loves of the Gods. Along with her companion peacock there is an eagle symbolizing the god's strength. French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau's (1826-1898) visionary scene in The Peacock Complaining to Juno has an eagle looking down from heaven. In The Peacock's Complaint by English illustrator Walter Crane (1845 - 1915) Juno is resplendent in her carriage drawn by peacocks.

10 comments:

  1. It's your month ! People often think of proud peacocks, when really they mean so much more.

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  2. a beautiful tie in to your Porcelains and Peacocks, I have always thought the peacock had the most haunting cry. Can not believe we are half way in to this year.

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  3. Always a delight to hear from my blog friends le style and little augury. I hope that you are both enjoying the beginnings of Summer. Best, Kendra

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  4. More peacock trivia: In folk art, peacocks are often painted looking backwards at their tails. Because these feathers are renewed each year, this is considered a symbol for renewal. Cultures around the world often pair parrots, peacocks, and doves as focal points in Tree of Life designs.

    I'm sure that the peacocks are enjoying the start of Summer as well.

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  5. Author~
    I love the idea of renewal!
    Best, Kendra

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  6. Kendra-
    I do enjoy the subject matter and imagery found here!
    Lovely to see you the other evening!
    Happy June.
    Best,

    David @ Ashfield Hansen Design

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  7. Thank you David, always fun to see you and Barbara! Best, Kendra

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  8. Gosh, such lovely images, adore the Crane.
    Thanks ,
    Leonard

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  9. Thank you Leonard, I hope you are all settled in your new home. Best, Kendra

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  10. This is perfect for Italian wall painting.

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