Lemminkäinen's Mother

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela


Symbolist painter, architect, printmaker, designer and graphic designer

Lemminkäinen's Mother

85.5 x 108.5 cms | 33 1/2 x 42 1/2 ins
Tempera on canvas

Ateneum Hall, Finish National Gallery

Helsinki | Finland

Painting by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, depicting a scene from Kalevala, a Finnish epic poem. The warrior Lemminkäinen had been killed, his body hacked to pieces and thrown into the dark river that flows through the underworld, Tuonela. His mother, having collected the parts from the river and sewing them back together, looks up to see a single bee bringing back honey from the halls of the god Ukko, a wondrous ointment that would bring her son to life. [Wikipedia]