Merci La Vie

©Poggio Di Poggio Mixed Media on canvas 80×80 x2cm

Avec ce titre je rends hommage à Bertrand Blier, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anouk Grinberg et Michel Blanc qui sont des artistes que j’aime et qui m’inspirent. Je pense à eux et leur envoie mille merci pour ce qu’ils sont humainement.


©Poggio Di Poggio Mixed Media on canvas 80×80 x2cm


The Fountain of Youth is a mythical spring that restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. Tales of such a fountain have been recounted around the world for thousands of years, appearing in the writings of Herodotus (5th century BC), the Alexander romance (3rd century AD), and the stories of Prester John (early Crusades, 11th/12th centuries AD). Stories of similar waters were also prominent among the people of the Caribbean during the Age of Exploration (early 16th century), who spoke of the restorative powers of the water in the mythical land of Bimini. Based on these many legends, explorers and adventurers looked for the elusive Fountain of Youth or some other remedy to aging, generally associated with magic waters. These waters might have been a river, a spring, or any other water source that was said to reverse the aging process and cure sickness when drunk or bathed in.

The legend became particularly prominent in the 16th century when it was attached to Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, first Governor of Puerto Rico. Ponce de León was supposedly searching for the Fountain of Youth when he traveled to Florida in 1513. Legend has it that Ponce de León was told by Native Americans that the Fountain of Youth was in Bimini.