Goddess of the Hunt Picture

This a commission for the S.F. Olympians festival, which is a series of plays hosted by San Francisco's No Nude Men productions. As one might guess by the festival's title, the plays focus on gods of the Greek pantheon. So here we have my poster for the "Artemis" play.

From what I understand, the script is based on the myth in which the Apollo, Artemis' twin brother, tricks his sister into killing Orion with an arrow. The myth tells of how Apollo becomes jealous of Artemis' interest in Orion, so he challenges the Goddess to a test of skill. On the beaches of Crete, Apollo bets Artemis that she cannot shoot the tiny speck riding the waves on the horizon. Being the proud Goddess of the Hunt and a master archer, Artemis takes the challenge. Her aim is sure, and she easily hits her mark--which unfortunately turns out to be the hapless Orion, out for a swim. In her sorrow, Artemis resolves to honor Orion by placing him among the stars as a constellation.

Apollo appears in the bottom left vignette, Orion on the right. The heraldic swan on the top left is sacred to Apollo, as his chariot is said to be driven by a flock of swans. The scorpion on the right is my reference to the other version of the myth, wherein the jealous Apollo sends Scorpio to sting and kill Orion. This alternate story describes why Orion is between Taurus and Scorpio in the night sky--the great hunter is constantly pursuing the bull, while being chased forever by Apollo's scorpion.
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