I just finished this silverpoint drawing. It is from the central panel of the Ludovisi Throne. It’s said to depict Hera’s rebirth as she ascends from the sacred spring she bathes in each year to renew her virginity. The main figure is also believed to be Aphrodite (Venus) rising from the sea. Others believe, however that the figure portrays Persephone on her annual return from the underworld. I think I ascribe to the Hera interpretation, the idea of an annual renewal really appeals to me, I’d like to take a dip and become a Maiden again!