Sea painted ®
"The Mermaids" ® by Silvia Salvadori. Sea painted.
Tempera and gold on wood, 23 Carat pure gold. Pure pigments.
Original technique of the Tuscan school XV century.
Categorie: Primo rinascimento
Meeting of Sky and Sea.
Painting of Mermaids by Silvia Salvadori.
The Sirens recalls and evokes fantasies, dreams and memories that have always lain within us. Sirens emerge in our thoughts as iconic images of an imaginary tale that has never died down. They awaken deep feelings of freedom, beauty, mystery and love.
The sea in Silvia Salvadori's painting becomes a symbol of life and also of death, while the water element becomes a metaphor of the unconscious and of a lunar femininity intimately connected with water. The dominant blue colour of infinity associated with the sky and the sea becomes the highest representation of the Divine, transcendence and the spirit. In medieval iconography it was often placed alongside gold to represent Light itself.
The celestial symbolism of the colour blue is directly linked to a thought of an ascending and vertical nature. On this 'height of thought' the three mermaids form a triad, where the mermaid in the centre soars upwards kissing the sky, the abode of all ideas.
Note: In medieval Christian symbolism the mermaid also became the symbol of Mary Magdalene and the most enigmatic image is found in Metz (France) belonging to the Merovingian Franks.
The symbol of Jesus is represented in the Ichthus, or fish, and Mary Magdalene in the mermaid. The sacred couple also continued to exist for a long time in the Christian artistic tradition and was often depicted in numerous French and Italian churches. Similar medieval depictions can be found in numerous places in northern and central Italy (Tuscania).
These centres are all located on the Via Francigena, once the route of the Etruscan pilgrimage of Fanum Voltumnae in Bolsena, which later became a favourite destination in the Middle Ages of the Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land and was protected by the Knights Templar and similar orders.
Sea Painted. The Mermaid recalls and evoked fantasies, dreams and memories that have always been in us.