Vesta—goddess of the hearth

By: Robert McArthur

Feb 21 2018


Category: aquarelle, art, figure, Nude, painting, uncategorized, Watercolor, watercolour

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Vesta: Roman goddess of the hearth and home.

Vesta, the virgin goddess, was never depicted in human form within her temple,  but was represented solely by her sacred fire attended by her priestesses, the vestal virgins.

The Latin word for hearth is focus, the center of home life, thus the evolved meaning of focus in English.

Additionally, tinder lit from the sacred flame from the temple would be taken to the thresholds of individual homes to light the home’s fire. Thus, the origin of the word vestibule, from Vesta, according to Ovid.

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