Bathing Nymphs (Naiads)

Simona Hjaltalin

In Greek mythology, the Naiads are a type of female spirit, or nymph, presiding over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of fresh water.

They are distinct from river gods, who embodied rivers, and the very ancient spirits that inhabited the still waters of marshes, ponds and lagoon-lakes, such as pre-Mycenaean Lerna in the Argolis.

Naiads were associated with fresh water, as the Oceanids were with saltwater and the Nereids specifically with the Mediterranean, but because the ancient Greeks thought of the world’s waters as all one system, which percolated in from the sea in deep cavernous spaces within the earth, there was some overlap. Arethusa, the nymph of a spring, could make her way through subterranean flows from the Peloponnesus to surface on the island of Sicily.

Bathing Nymphs, by Simona Hjaltalin.
Acrylic on Canvas. 100 x 150 cm. UV-Varnished.

Bathing Nymphs is part of the series THE SCENT OF MOEN, that was created on Moen, in the summer of 2020.

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