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Rubens, “Hyacinth`s Death“. And where flower?

of Hyacinth - the descendant of masters of Sparta - was very beautiful young man. He died, and the love was the cause of his death. Love to it of two gods: Apollo and Zefira. Apollo is the Olympic god, the guardian of herds, light, sciences and arts, the Aesculapian, the leader and the patron of muses, roads, travelers and seamen, the predictor of the future. The zephyr is wind which in different parts of the Mediterranean happens sharp and cold or warm and caressing.

Both that, and another tried to achieve favor of the boy. Apollo, to prove to be in all beauty, decided to throw a disk. It swung, developed, the disk departed somewhere very highly.

The first threw, having shaken, on space air a circle

of Feb, and before it clouds were divided from weight of a circle;

of Time is a lot of later, upadat Weight on the firm earth

, falling having shown a combination of art and force.

the Zephyr decided to play a dirty trick on the rival, strained and blew properly. But, probably, was overzealous or did not calculate a trifle, did not make the amendment on force of the breath. As a result demolished a disk, it began to fall very close from Hyacinth. The boy rushed to catch it, but missed, the disk hit against the earth. Energy of blow was so big that the disk jumped up and punched Hyacinth the head.

Careless then, favourite game it is excited, the Circle a tenariyets hurried to pick up

. But suddenly

Air shuddered, and from the strong earth the disk pryanut in a face to you directly,

Oh, of Hyacinth!

(Tenariyets is a Hyacinth who lived on the peninsula Tenar.)

The death did not occur instantly, some time the boy still lived. Hyacinth died on Apollo`s hands:

They turned pale equally both -

the Adolescent and god. It took the weakened body in embraces,

He warms it, wipes deplorable wounds,

Endeavours flight of soul to hold, applying a grass.

All in vain: nothing it cannot be cured.

Apollo could not heal a wound. Probably, because it was too versatile. That to it it was also delivered by sight at meeting of gods:

Apollo let does not execute so many different cases at once, but, having chosen something one and will be a prophet or the musician, or the doctor.

(Lukian, Meeting of gods)

the Most tragic the fact that god could not rescue the beloved. And Apollo takes hard:

You perish, alas, Ebalid deceived by youth early! -

of Feb speaks. - This your wound - my crime.

You are my grief, you are ruined by me; Death yes will connect yours with my right hand

. Your funeral I am a responsible!

(Ebalid is a Hyacinth, the descendant of the founder of Sparta Ebal.)

God would go behind him to an underground kingdom. But it is connected by the divine situation, it is immortal:

Oh, if for you to give life to me or lives to lose

Together with you! But I fatal am svyazut by laws.
Apollo laments

over Hyacinth`s body, and from a wound blood exudes. Also there is a miracle - the flower grows:

Blood between the fact that, having spread around, soiled a grass

Blood was not any more: more brilliant than a chervena of tirsky

the flower Grew.

(Cherven tirsky - red paint from the city the Shooting gallery.)

Apollo as if makes the promise always to remember the boy - the handsome:

Eternally you will be with me, on the lips which did not forget will be;

of Lira will concern a hand - about you will start singing my songs. you - a new flower Will be

- to show my groans a tracing.

Ovidy writes that petals of a flower form the first letters of the name “Hyacinth“. Today nobody manages to make out these letters. According to experts a present hyacinth - not the fact that was once.

On Rubens`s etude “Hyacinth`s Death“ the boy lies near a heavy disk, the wounded head - in a blood pool. Over it Apollo as if tries to stop bleeding. Eyes of the boy are turned on Apollo, into them - horror of expectation of death. And the body already changed the shade, it is much more pale than Apollo`s body. Silent shout on lips... Hyacinth died.

In the etude there is no flower. It would seem, the artist had to finish drawing, add this key moment of a legend - transformation of blood in a flower. What prevented it? Why it did not happen? Hyacinth very beautiful flower and extraordinary various - several thousands of grades.

And what was at the time of Rubens? Whether can be that in the Netherlands only heard about such flower, but never it was seen? It is probable. Because in Jan Bruegel`s pictures Velvet which for Rubens wrote flowers there are lilies, tulips, hand bells, peonies, hollyhocks, and there is no hyacinth.

Today the hyacinth pleases with the beauty, improbable shades and intricate forms of inflorescences - admire it, enjoy it.

And sometimes remember a legend of a flower origin...