Artwork | Califia | Mark Steven Greenfield | Painting at William Turner Gallery | Art Week

Califia

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56 × 1 × 30 in | cm
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California’s namesake, Califia is the mythical Black warrior Queen who raised an army of Amazons on the fabled island of California. Commanding an aerial fleet of winged Griffins with the bodies of lions and the heads of eagles, the pagan Queen is eventually conquered and converted to Christianity by conquistadors. The literary character is from Castillian, Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo’s 16th century epic poem, Las Sergas de Esplandián.
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