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24 February 2021

This Madonna and Child, painted in the late 1480s, may be by Botticelli. The fruit is a pomegranate, a Christian symbol of the resurrection. It was of course Persephone's fruit and she was resurrected in the spring, which is why it is no coincidence that Easter and the beginning of spring are synonymous in most people's minds: interesting how these ancient myths, whether of Persephone or Christ's resurrection, still influence our everyday lives. This year, a few weeks after Easter, some lucky people will be able to go to the National Museum of Wales (for the first time for months) and see it. 

 

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