In ancient Greece, the rose was closely associated with the goddess Aphrodite.
Following the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the rose became identified with the Virgin Mary. The Carthusians promoted the idea of sacred mysteries associated with the rose symbol and rose gardens.
The Sufi mystic’s quest for divine love aligns the rose with the divine names and attributes.
Sometimes a rose is simply a rose.
Created using mixed media on 50 x 70 cm wooden board.
Bought by a private collector.