The pomegranate, such a voluptuous and yet woody fruit, is in Persia known as the symbol of love. The outside case is the carrier of golden seeds each encapsulated in a crimson pink glowing jelly. Each of these has the appearance of facetted glass and they are held tightly in place in the interior by a astringent pith, seen in colours of yellows, whites and greys. In a culinary sense, the pomegranate might be a little disappointing. Perhaps it is rather the painter's fruit rather than the cook's. It is the splitting and bursting of the outer casing with its glorious colours and the hidden promise of more visual delights to come that makes this such a fascinating subject to paint.