Friday, March 19, 2010

Snow Nouveau - Goddess Pin

The Vernal Equinox is fast approaching here in the northern hemisphere and with it comes images of the Goddess of Spring, Persephone. Let's revisit a couple of the "goddess-themed" works of Alphonse Mucha, one of the main visionaries responsible for the birth of the Art Nouveau movement during the late 19th and early 20th century.

Image of Mucha in his Rue du Val-de-Grace studio, Paris 1903

Many of his works evoke a certain female deity appreciation.
Model posing in his studio, 1898

Two in particular, Ivy and Laurel, could have been patterned from subjects right out of the Greek Pantheon.

A. Mucha, Ivy, color lithograph 1901 + Laurel,color lithograph1901

Just over a century after Mucha created these two lithographs, it appears that the Disney artist who designed this 2004 Snow White pin was influenced by the original pieces.

"Halo of Hearts" Princess Profile, limited edition 1,000 gold-finished pins, Disney Auctions, 2004. 

I'm certainly a fan Snow White depictions in goddess form. See another 2004 princess deity design in earlier post.

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