A Seis Segundos Picture

“A Seis Segundos De Decirte Adiós”

Title translation: Six seconds after I say goodbye to you. (I took it from the lyrics of a song, “Divino Amor” by Porto Latino. The song has nothing to do with the theme of this piece but the phrase portrait the moment perfectly.
This is a submission for Autumn Contest. As you can imagine the theme is autumn and my first thought was falling leaves but as my design teacher always says “Stay away of your first idea” I end it up with my third idea. Here I went to my roots and use one of the first subjects I investigate back when I was like 12 years old and I start doing research in subjects that stoke my interest just for the fun of it. In those days my passion was Greek mythology (that and French revolution).
Here I portrait Demeter, who is the Greek goddess of the harvest and presided over grains, the fertility of the earth and the harvest, along with the myth of Persephone, her daughter. The story of her abduction is traditionally referred to as the Rape of Persephone, according to the myth Persephone was kidnap by Hades, the underworld god. Once Demeter set out in the search of her daughter she left the earth uncared, there was no harvest so there was no food. Tired by the cries of the people Zeus, forced Hades to release Persephone. But due to the rules of the Fates no one who eats the food of the underworld could return to the world of the living. Hades trick Persephone to eat pomegranate seeds (six, seven, eight, or perhaps four depending of the version) before he send her back to her mother. Because of this Persephone has to spend one month in the underworld for each seed she ate. Once reunited with her mother the earth flourish again to be cold and devastated for the months Persephone spend with Hades in the underworld. This is the Grecian myth for the change of seasons. For more details you could go to Persephone.

In this specific scene Persephone just went back to Hades and Demeter is starting to feel lonely so the earth is showing her sadness, as an illustration of the autumn. We could find a lot of elements that point to the characters of the story, like the sheaf of wheat that was a common add on for the Kore that were made to represent Persephone and sometimes Demeter, the pomegranate and Hades invisibility helmet. I wanted to make it look like a paint from the Neoclassic but I fail miserably at it so, I leave it as it is.
You could also check out The Rape of Proserpina by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, look at the details of this sculpture, how Hades fingers mark Persephone thigh is amazing how he manage to do that on marble and of course how he capture different moments of the myth with each angle.

Background by ~frozenstocks
Model by ~mjranum-stock
Wheat by Sergei Popov | Dreamstime.com
Helmet by*Tigg-stock
Roses by ~SheisprettyStock
Lantern by ~Pieceofmestock
Pomegranate by ~wingsinthewaterstock
Pomegranate by ~Crystal-LJ-Stock
Pomegranate by :dev~Crystal-LJ-Stock
Pomegranate by ~ravenarcana
Texture by ~umerr2000
The Tree to the left by*Goblin-stock

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