‘Arethusa’ by Mme Yevonde
Arethusa was a wood nymph from Elis, associated with the goddess Artemis. Pursued relentlessly by the river-god Alpheus, Arethusa begged for Artemis’s help in escaping his attentions. The goddess opened up a passage under the sea which enabled Arethusa to emerge as a spring in Syracuse, on the island of Ortygia (Sicily) – hence the seaweed in Yevonde’s sitter’s hair. (quoted from NPG)
Rambova by Struss, 1920s
[*] production stills probably from the film Forbidden Fruit (Cecil B. DeMille, 1921). In the film Rambova (b. Winifred Shaughnessy), along with Mitchell Leisen, was the costume designer and Struss the cinematographer.