Petak, 11 Juni 2021 10:19

The Return of Persephone by Frederic Leighton Istaknut

The Greek myth of Persephone, the daughter of the highest god Zeus and the goddess Demeter who in Greek myth rendered the earth fruitful, before being abducted by the god of the underworld, has great emotional power and because of that was a frequent motif in art. In 1891, the English painter and sculptor Frederic Leighton painted The Return of Persephone, which, as its name suggests, depicts Hermes helping Persephone to return to her mother Demeter after Zeus forced Hades to return Persephone. This painting is now in the Leeds Art Gallery.

The painting The Return of Persephone shows three figures: Persephone, the wife of the god of the underworld Hades, Hermes, the messenger of the gods, and Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, and agriculture. At the right, Persephone's pale body rises out of the underworld, where she is condemned to spend part of each year among the dead. She is dressed in a light yellow dress, the color of which is reflected in her light golden hair. Her head flung back, arms extended beseechingly. Persephone is supported by Hermes, who wears a blue cloak and red-winged hat on his head and a messenger stick intertwined with snakes in one hand. On the left, Demeter greets her daughter with open arms. The reunion of Demeter and Persephone is evoked by the warm blue sky and the sprig of almond blossom at Demeter's feet.

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