In the ancient Greek mythology Hestia is the daughter and first-born child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. As she has to stay at home tending the fireplace, she became later the virgin goddess of the hearth. Indee, the name Hestia means 'hearth' or 'fireplace' Her status shows how important the hearth was in the social and religious life of Ancient Greeks. Since fire is a pure and a purifying element, Hestia was worshipped as a virgin goddess, as she was to keep the peace at Olympus.
In this painting by Award winning artist André Romijn, Hestia is depicted with a golden halo, as was common in Byzantine depictions of Christian Saints. Interesting to know that the pagan traditions found their way into Christianity, as Hestia Polyolbos (rich in blessings) does in a 6th Century AD tapestry.
The ancient Gods are still around us!
Hestia particpated in The International Contemporary Exhibition “GAIA”, which took place in Milan from March 26 until April 4th, 2021.