Madonna pendant from print with elderflower in resin. Pendant on 48 cm stainless steel chain. Handmade by Nelly.
Beautifully preserved, this small picture by Workshop of Giovanni Bellini epitomizes the finest works produced in Bellini’s workshop for private devotion. The landscape derives from one by Bellini himself. The metaphorical contrast between the two halves of the landscape, with a dead tree and one in foliage, are intentional and remind the viewer of the consequences of the choices we make during our pilgrimage of life.
Elder flower is magical and symbolizes good health and prosperity.
The elder was long regarded as sacred, protected by the Elder Mother who lived in its trunk. Many country folk would not cut or burn the wood for fear of upsetting her. Moreover, the elder was thought of as a protective tree – it was believed to keep evil spirits from entering the house if grown outside the door.
Handmade by Nelly and delivered in beautiful organza bag.