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April 15, 2005
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Persephone by Aurelia24 Persephone by Aurelia24
This is how I imagine Persephone, one of my fave characters from Greek mythology. Here's a little lesson on Greek mythology for you! :nod:


The beautiful daughter of Demeter and Zeus, Persephone is the focus of the story resulting in the division of the seasons, giving us the sweetness of Spring and the bitterness of Winter. Hades did not woo the beautiful Persephone, he abducted her and took her to his underground kingdom. After much protest, Persephone came to love the cold blooded king of the underworld but her mother, Demeter, was consumed with rage and sorrow. She demonstrated her anger by punishing the earth’s inhabitants, gentle and fierce with bitter cold and blustering winds. Unless Persephone was returned of to her mother’s side, the earth would perish.

Herakles came to the rescue. He entered the kingdom of Hades and negotiated a compromise between the (usually cold and selfish) Hades and the (usually loving and caring) Demeter. All agreed that Persephone would spend part of the year with her husband, Hades, and part of the year with her mother, Demeter.

When Persephone is with Hades the earth is wracked by the sorrow of her mother. But, when Persephone returns from the underworld to walk the earth again, Demeter pours forth the blessings of Spring to welcome her beloved daughter home.

From: [link]


This painting took me about 3 hours to complete, and I used a reference photo for face structure and proportions.
Suggestions welcomed! :hug:
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timide-fille Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Artist
this is gorgeous artwork~ Persephone's story was one of my favorites when I learned about mythology ^^
ParadiseLost16 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006   Photographer
oh ^^
I study mythology in the school :)
korn-itza Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005  Student
great job... i'm speechless...:D
are u from romania? couse i am... and when u said that u read the greek mithology in 8th grade.. i knew it:P
anyway... i saw your pics with eyes.... kool! couse i'm really obssessed...
write me!
Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
Thanks a lot! :bow:
No actually, I'm from Dubai, U.A.E! :aww:
Hehe, well, we studied American textbooks so maybe you guys have the same?
Anyway, Greek Mythology is an important part of literature and it's bound to be taught at some point during school I guess. :shrug:
And thanks again! :aww: :hug:
cerinia Featured By Owner May 27, 2005
Hey! Oh wow, this is just so... great! You're really, really good at painting... ::worship::
Long time no see. I came back to check up on things and saw how much great work you've been doing... and yeah, woo! You got a subscription! XD
And Happy 17th Birthday!
Anyway, yes, I really love this painting... the colours are beautiful as well as the style, and... Persephone is also my fav from Greek Mythology :D
Sorry, I don't have time to comment on everything... so I'll just say... your gallery rocks!
Aurelia24 Featured By Owner May 27, 2005
Haha, thanks a lot!! :glomp:
Yeaah, looong time no see! Yes, finally 17! Wee, thanks! Have some leftover :cake:, still tastes ok =p
Aww, thanks again! Yeah, Persephone is the best.. she's just so pretty and charming yet equally so sad and filled with doom.. quite a contrast.
And no no, that's fine! It's the thought that counts!
Thanks again! :glomp:
AlteredBeast Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2005
wow...I learned something! ;)..This is great, I love her beutiful face, but she's crying fav Hermes in mythology ;)
AlteredBeast Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005
lol...sorry ^^;...yeah :glomp:...:O
Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005
Haha, that was the point!
And thanks a lot! :glomp:
Hermes? Must check him out then! :nod:
farout49 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great pic :)
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