Jake Baddeley

Fine Art Painter & Sculptor

The Secret Garden II

Oil on panel – 80 x 60 cm – 2020

Painted in the Old Master’s technique. Only one available.

A favourite theme of classical and neoclassical painters was The Garden of the Hesperides, a mythical orchard where an apple tree or a grove grows, producing golden apples. The Hesperides were beautiful nymphs who were given the task of tending to the grove. The Olympian Goddess Hera placed in  an immortal, never-sleeping dragon to protect this secret garden. Due to the timeless appeal of the subject and its symbolic nature, I felt drawn to make my own rendition of this myth. Here I have tried to emphasize the vulnerability of the nymphs into whose secret garden – their sacred place – a stranger has wondered.

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The Secret Garden is an original oil painting on panel of 80 x 60 cm and is painted in the Old Master's technique. Only one available.

A favourite theme of classical and neoclassical painters was The Garden of the Hesperides, a mythical orchard where an apple tree or a grove grows, producing golden apples. The Hesperides were beautiful nymphs who were given the task of tending to the grove. The Olympian Goddess Hera placed in  an immortal, never-sleeping dragon to protect this secret garden.

There are many clues in this myth that suggest that the setup of this secret garden is a disguised reference to the Pole star or Polaris. The golden apples being the stars of the sky, and the dragon the constellation of Draco that surrounds Polaris. Oddly, many heroes of various cultures have attempted to steal these golden apples including Loki from Norse mythology and Hercules/Heracles from Greek mythology.

Due to the timeless appeal of the subject and its symbolic nature, I felt drawn to make my own rendition of this myth. Here I have tried to emphasize the vulnerability of the nymphs into whose secret garden - their sacred place - a stranger has wondered.

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JT Konstanturos
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5/5

She is more than beautiful and an inspiration to me.

12 months ago
Leonora Gaitanou
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5/5

Incredible artwork! Really unique! Gives unique feeling in the room where we have it and its energy feels very alive. It projects something special to the whole house; like a divine protection.

1 year ago
Ingrid
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5/5

The intersection of true artful human expression and well-tended subconscious emanations - this is how I see Jake's art, and especially 'Gemini.'
I was delighted to come across Jake's art. The process of discovery and acquisition of the print have been wonderfully human and pleasant. Mark is an absolute delight in correspondence. I can't wait to have the print back from the framers' and hang it on my wall. I may just place a chair before it and sit with it when I feel in need of a meaningful conversation.
Thank you, Jake & Mark

1 year ago
Carolee Lapeyre
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5/5

Exquisite!!! The Quest’s sumptuous colors come to life as she invites the viewer to join her on her journey! She is printed on the most lovely paper. She exudes with beauty! Thank you for this beautiful piece!

1 year ago
MARIE-FRANCE de PALACIO
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5/5

Excellent

2 years ago
Anonymous
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5/5

A real masterpiece

2 years ago
Andreas
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5/5

A masterpiece, I love it

2 years ago
Hans
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5/5

Dit is het tweede werk dat ik heb gekocht van Jake. Het intrigerende The Lady Vanishes uit 2013 smaakte naar meer, waarop ik besloot mijn verzameling aan te vullen met Spiritus Sanctus, een totaal ander werk (kleiner en op op paneel) uit 2015. Gekocht via de website, dus een gokje hoe het zou uitpakken. Maar ik heb er geen spijt van. Het is een mooie uitbreiding, waar ik met veel plezier en bewondering van geniet.

3 years ago
Diana
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5/5

Great quality and work! Very good communication with the provider and hand-signed by Jake ! A piece of art that finds its “owner” by the energy level.

3 years ago
Stephen Skinner
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4/5

Excellent painting. Good service

3 years ago

Jake Baddeley
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4.88 store rating (16 reviews) | 5.00 product rating

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