Cactus Gallery LA
#47 LA CORONA (The Crown) by artist Olga Ponomarenko
Oil on canvas, 16" x 12"
Background: Olga believes that the concept of my crown painting is not only an image that serves the Loteria game, but also bears the metaphorical idea that nature needs to be respected and treated like royalty.
Use of specific plants for the crown: Oak leaves from a crown of the “Oak King” from Pagan culture and Celtic mythology. The Oak King rules from midwinter to midsummer. Also, oak leaves were used throughout time to decorate heads of kings and heroes.
Purple tulips have been a symbol of royalty since the Baroque time. Tulips (tulipa) have been cultivated for centuries in Turkey. Tulips were introduced in the Netherlands in the 1600s and become the most popular flower of all time. This phenomenal time was called "Tulip Mania." Tulips were the most expensive flowers at that time. Purple tulips were rare and the price was so high that only royalty could afford this flower.
Roses have long been the royalty of the floral world and at some time its image was used as a floral element in heraldic emblems. For example, it was used in the 15th century by Kings of Lancaster (red rose), York (white rose) and England (Tudor rose).
Riddle associated with this image: El sombrero de los reyes.