“Still Life with Jug, Cicada, Grapes, and Hazelnuts” (the light/the shade) 2018
by Abbey Ryan (1979-)
11 x 14 in., oil on linen on panel
From the artist:
One of the most prominently featured insects in Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance painting was the cicada — as a symbol of prayer, sanctuary and hope. Also, the hazelnut was seen, by the Greeks and Romans, as a symbol of peace and health.