Rose Paintings by Alexei Antonov
Born in 1957 in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Alexei Antonov is a talented Russian fine artist. Alexei began drawing at the age of three, starting his journey to the art world from painting with Mama’s lipstick, on wallpaper. Alexei graduated from State Art University in Baku. Then he lived in Moscow and worked as a graphic artist and Illustrator for magazines. In 1988, Alexei Antonov went to Italy for an experience. Since 1990 Alexei Antonov has been living in the United States.
According to the world mythology and folklore, most often people associated Rose with death and resurrection. Thus, the ancient Romans sometimes decked their tombs with roses. And Roman wills frequently specified that roses be planted on the grave.
Noteworthy, in Switzerland people still know cemeteries as rose- gardens.
Associated with the Virgin Mary, in Christian symbolism the rose has one of whose titles – “The Mystical Rose.” Besides, people also associate rose with St. Dorothy, who carries roses in a basket.
Interestingly, for Arabs the rose is a symbol of masculine beauty.
Rosebush and the Apple Tree, The Jewish fable found in the Talmud.
A rosebush and an apple tree were having a debate.
“Who can compare with me?” the rosebush asked. “My flowers are beautiful and sweet to smell. True, you are larger, but what pleasure do you give to mankind?”
“Even though you are more beautiful than I,” replied the apple, “you are not as good as I am.” “What do you mean?” replied the rosebush. “How are you better than I?”
“You do not give your flowers to man unless you first wound him with your thorns. But I give my fruit to all, even those who throw stones at me.”
Beautiful Rose Paintings by Alexei Antonov