Old books describe her as being amazingly beautiful and considered her a VIRTUE.
"Hypatia's fascination" is a hyperbole representation. She lays on a piece of wood, above a blue sea, bowed on her back being amazed by the immensity of the sky which she is contemplating. The position of her body is representing her state of mind, feeling overwhelmed in front of the beauty of the stars that she is so curious about to study.
Stars are oversized spheres, very close to her eyes, symbolizing her high definition view of things in life, a particularity that every explorer has. The subtle halo surrounding the spheres are representing the birth of all universes, in vortex shapes.
The white line between the yellow lightened spheres are holding on to the message that in this Universe everything is connected. Cosmic life is all about inter connectivity, interdependence and relativity. Her body is painted in a realistic way because everything she is experiencing is translated trough human perception, but is not covered by a fabric because there is a mix in here between the realism and metaphysical and so she is covered with a delicate and ethereal white. Having the same plastic expression is also her hair, not realistically painted but more like a metaphor for an illuminated mind.
Placing everything above a dark blue sea in a surrealistic way features a higher state of consciousness above an unconscious /psychological perspective.