She cared not for forests and rivers, but loved the cultivated country and trees that bear delicious apples. With a personal account, you can read up to 100 articles each month for free. Opposite was an elm entwined with a vine loaded with swelling grapes. Vertumnus, the Roman god of seasons and change, assumed multiple guises as he attempted to woo the recalcitrant wood nymph Pomona. Check out using a credit card or bank account with. She was no huntress; the only implement that she ever held in her hands was a pruning-hook or a spade. Anyway, I’ve read several versions of this myth and have decided to take a shot and writing my own summery of it for the sake of simplicity. With the deep orange, glowing through the green, Even with the disguises, she still never paid him the slightest bit of attention. In Roman mythology, Vertumnus is the god of seasons, change and plant growth, as well as gardens and fruit trees. Her priest was called the flamen Pomonalis.The pruning knife was her attribute. Read your article online and download the PDF from your email or your account. Pomona was said to be a wood nymph. She cared not for forests and rivers, but loved the cultivated country and trees that bear delicious apples. 2David Littlefield, "Pomona and Vertumnus: A Fruition of History in Ovid's Meta- The mutable Vertumnus gains access to the orchard disguised or transformed into an old woman (depicted as an old man with a basket, however, in this fresco). For more information, visit our website. He could change his form at will; using this power, according to Ovid's Metamorphoses (xiv), he tricked Pomona into talking to him by disguising himself as an old woman and gaining entry to her orchard, then using a narrative warning of the dangers of rejecting a suitor (the embedded tale of Iphis and Anaxarete) to seduce her. The standard length of a Phoenix article is up to 10,000 words, including notes. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. The Hamadryads were Wood-nymphs. The stated theme is the classical myth of Vertumnus and Pomona taken from a story in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Vertumnus, the young, handsome god of changing seasons and patron of fruits, decided to try to win over Pomona. The myth is that of Pomona, a beautiful but aloof wood-nymph, shown with a sickle at right lower corner, who sheltered herself inside her orchard, dedicating herself to its cultivation while spurning all suitors. Once, when the kings of the Silvian House reigned over the Latin people, there lived a nymph whose name was Pomona. The allegorical figures over the doors and the facing fresco depicting Julius Caesar, begun by Pontormo’s mentor, Andrea del Sarto, were completed decades later by Alessandro Allori. To where the lemon and the piercing lime, Vertumnus, either a demigod of seasons or a satyr, becomes taken with the nymph's beauty, but she ignores and rebuffs all his advances to enter her realm and remains a maiden. 1999 by Mythology. Fanned by the breeze, its fever-cooling fruit. This is an elaborately seductive interpretation for this fresco that was created for a family closely associated with the papacy. Once inside, the myth relates that the disguised Vertumnus convinces Pomona, by means of allusive stories, to "carpe diem" and choose the handsome youth Vertumnus, who finally reveals his true form. as such is invoked by Thomson: "Bear me, Pomona, to thy citron groves, This item is part of JSTOR collection © 1995 Classical Association of Canada Apparently, Pomona was a beautiful fruit nymph, who had many admirers. She and Vertumnus shared a festival held on August 13. and no one excelled her in love of the garden and the culture of fruit. In some ways, this painting is aberrant in the prevailing current of Florentine painting of its time. ±×³àÀÇ °¡½¿¿¡µµ »ç¶ûÀÇ ºÒ±æÀÌ Å¸¿Ã¶ú±â ¶§¹®ÀÌ´Ù. She cared not for forests and rivers, but loved the cultivated country, and trees that bear delicious apples. blank verse. Vertumnus & Pomona Francois Boucher(1703-1770) Pomona was the beautiful goddess of fruitful abundance in ancient Roman religion & myth. Phoenix option. ÀÌ ´ÔÆä´Â ´õ ÀÌ»ó ÀúÇ×ÇÏÁö ¾Ê¾Ò´Ù. Request Permissions. Who nobly durst, in rhyme-unfettered verse, Vertumnus and Pomona is a story of seduction and deception from Ovid's Metamorphoses, a popular source of imagery for 17 th century Dutch painters. Vertumnus. She never went near the springs, or lakes, or rivers, nor near the wild woods; she cared only for places where grew trees that were laden with fruits. The theme of the relaxed near-genre scene gently suggests fertility. In the myth narrated by Ovid, she scorned the love of the woodland gods Silvanus and Picus, but married Vertumnus after he tricked her, disguised as an old woman. Among them was Pomona, and no one excelled her in love of the garden and the culture of fruit. 6: Vertumnus and Pomona, Cupid and Psyche.