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Rose of the Cross

Original painting Sold, flashe (acrylic vinyl) on canvas, 
1975 x 1350mm (including antique black frame), 2017

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

"Rose of the Cross" is part of Sofia Minson's Sacred Mirrors series of works.

Sofia Minson with Maori portrait paintings Rose of the Cross and Queen of Raa

The symbols draw from Christian, Maori and European culture. With a sprinkling of my own celtic freckles, the woman’s face looks perhaps Eastern European.

While painting this portrait I felt both her power and compassion. She wears traditional Maori moko kauae or tattoo on her chin and forehead.

A golden veil and halo crown her.  She is an other-worldly, cross-cultural, cross-dimensional mother Mary goddess figure.

Rose patterns detail the black background. Her head is slightly tilted like the Christian artworks of Mary, mother of God. She engages with us and invites us into her gaze.

My impression is that she is transmitting a loving message from a higher consciousness. She is gleefully using symbols from many different cultures. There is no worry over people’s possessiveness over those symbols. Her message is transcendent and unifying. Culture is merely a language or a tool here.

The Rose of the Cross is a symbol associated with mystical truths of the ancient past. Truths which provide insight into nature, the physical universe and the spiritual realm.

Rosicrucianism arose in Europe in the early 17th century and utilised the symbol of The Rose of the Cross. The movement announced a secret esoteric order to the world.  Their manifestos reference the mystical teachings of the Jewish Kabbalah, ancient Egyptian and Greek Hermeticism, and Christianity.

“The masses of people are carried along, obedient to environment; the wills and desires of others stronger than themselves; heredity; suggestion; and other outward causes moving them about like pawns on the Chessboard of Life. But the Masters, rising to the plane above, dominate their moods, characters, qualities, and powers, as well as the environment surrounding them, and become Movers instead of pawns.”  
- Three Initiates, Kybalion: A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 95 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 805mm high x 500mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border.  Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD).  Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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