Andromeda – Sculpture by Addé 2019
Today her name remains as a spiral galaxy containing approximately one trillion stars, 2.5 million light-years (780 kiloparsecs) from Earth, and the nearest major galaxy to our Milky Way, but there are many a reason to celebrate her.
First, her name, when the world seems to discover (about time) how poorly women are regarded and treated : Andromeda means, in ancient Greek « ruler of men » (andrós « man », medon, »ruler »).
We would love to see such a great name back and praised in what could become The Triumph of Venus.
Last but not least, Andromeda was the daughter of the king and queen of Aethiopia (Cepheus and Cassiopeia).
Aethiopia roughly translates to « country of brown faces », so it is probable that Andromeda was black.
In 1992 Professor Elizabeth McGrath initiated this idea in her article The Black Andromeda based on Ovid’s writings.
Mythologies are the substrata of cultures, knowing them is fundamental.
Please check out Aquileana’s page on Greek Mythology: “Andromeda and Perseus” / Poetry: “On The Sonnet”, by John Keats, as well as her treasure works on Mythology.
This sculpture is dedicated to womanhood.