297 mm x 420 mm
"Nyx (Night) rose from broad Okeanos (Oceanus), flooding all the earth with darkness bringing men release from toil.”
QUINTUS SMYRNAEUS, Fall of Troy 10. 435 ff
"Then plunged the sun down into Okeanos' (Oceanus') stream, and sable-vestured Nyx (Night) came floating up o'er the wide firmament, and brought her boon of sleep to sorrowing mortals."
QUINTUS SMYRNAEUS, Fall of Troy 3. 656 ff
Nyx was the Ancient Greek primordial goddess of night. The first to be born of chaos she was both respected and feared by gods and mortals alike. She resided in Tartarus, where the damned were sent for punishment and where the Titan gods were imprisoned. She emerged as her daughter Hemera (Day) returned, her presence covering the world with a shroud of inky darkness, ruling supreme over her nocturnal domain.
The points of interest on this painting are as follows:
The veil - represents the veil of darkness that envelopes the world at night, it obscures and hides much of Nyx and the world from us. It represents the unknown and uncertainty that comes with night.
The Owl Diadem – This royal emblem is decorated with the eyes of the Ninox owl, her namesake (Roman Nox meaning night) and one of her symbols. Most of us at some point have experienced the earie feeling at night of unseen eyes watch us from the darkness.
The Stars in the night sky – It was said that Night was the first of all things created. The primal night sky and everything under it are subject to the auspice of the ephemeral Nyx.
The moon earrings – The crescent moon is an iconic symbol of the night and Nyx.
Dark eyes – Nyx’s eyes are portrayed ink dark like a fathomless well with no definition between iris and pupil. In the depths of the dark we can lose ourselves to sleep and forgetfulness.
Black hair – Nyx’s void black hair represents the impenetrable barrier of night and all living things are snared by it eventually.