Tuesday, July 30, 2013


The thing I might love most about my job is all the weird things I learn during research.  I'm working on a painting of Rapunzel right now, so I dusted off my leather-bound edition of Grimm Tales and found Rapunzel somewhere in the hundreds of tales within.  Like most American children, I thought the poor girl had been named after radishes, and I always thought that was a bit stupid and I wondered why anyone would name such a beautiful baby after such a weird vegetable.

But the truth is, Rapunzel was not named for radishes.  She was named for Rampion, a purple wildflower with leaves similar to spinach and a root like a turnip or radish.  Aha!  Now things make more sense!  And I have something far prettier than a radish to include in my Rapunzel painting!

Photo from Wikipedia.

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