Friday, December 21, 2018
The Mediterranean Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens, also known as Italian cypress, Tuscan cypress, Persian cypress, or pencil pine), has often served as a strong vertical element, and a dark contrast, in European landscape painting, where it evokes an introspective mood through its ancient association with mourning and death. Cypresses are commonly grown in cemeteries. In Islamic culture, its tendency to bow in the wind made it a symbol of surrendering to the Divine. Cypresses can attain great ages - there is a sempervirens in Iran that is estimated to be 4000 years old.