Ah, my favorite page! That took way too long to research!
Again, "The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf" is a bit unique for its meta-fairy-tale narrative. Part of Inger's torment in the underworld is hearing what everybody is saying about her and her loaf-trodding ways. After all, what is a worse punishment for someone who regarded everything and everyone with contempt than...being regarded with contempt?
To use very contemporary terms, Inger loses control of her image. To show this, I wanted to show Inger's story being told (and illustrated) in different ways throughout the history of illustration. Arthur Rackham, Yann Legendre, Edward Burne-Jones, Virginia Frances Sterrett, Walter Crane, and Kay Nielsen.
Have a nice weekend!
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the patron saint of bakers, lacemakers, and the homeless, was the daughter of the King of Hungary and renowned for her care of the poor. She was caught sneaking some loaves of bread to the poor, which miraculously turned to roses when they were revealed.
I have a soft spot for "bread alone" narratives, and the imagery of good, practical bread turning into good, beautiful (but not practical) roses warms my artist heart. Maybe that's the explanation for her connection to lacemakers?
But the roses+bread+princess+religious imagery thing came to mind during this season's finale of Game of Thrones, making me think of a certain princess associated with roses, saints, and the poor...