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Gallen-Kallela, Akseli Valdemar [Finnish, 1865-1931]


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  Gallen-Kallela, Akseli Valdemar [Finnish, 1865-1931]

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Title:  Lemminkäinen's Mother
Artist:  Gallen-Kallela, Akseli Valdemar [Finnish, 1865-1931]
Year:  1897
Material:  Tempera on canvas
Dimensions:  108.5 × 85.5 cm (42.7 × 33.7 in)
Where:  Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Notes:  Painting by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, depicting a scene from Kalevala, a Finnish epic poem. The warrior Lemminkainen 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.

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