The Art of History

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The Greenman is the popular, leafy-faced image of the wild God of Nature. Search the hidden corners of English, French, or German Gothic churches, and you'll often find the Green Man. It's a composite of face and foliage--an image that appears in dozens of forms. Often a face of the Green Man (or Green Woman) is a mask made entirely of leaves; other times the face may be surrounded or transformed by leaves and vines.The Green Man has captured the imagination of artists throughout history. This motif bridges past and present, connects the Christian world to ancient Celtic mythology, and represents the intersection of modern man and the natural world.

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