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July 22, 2011
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Ade and Persefone by scifo Ade and Persefone by scifo
oil on canvas 210x150 cm

Thus, beautiful Persephone lived a peaceful life until Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, fell in love with her. It is said that Zeus advised him to carry her off, as her mother Demeter was not likely to allow. She was innocently picking flowers with some nymphs—Athena, and Artemis, the Homeric hymn says—or Leucippe, or Oceanids—in a field when Hades came to abduct her, bursting through a cleft in the earth. The place where Persephone was said to have been carried off is different in the various local traditions. The Sicilians believed that Hades found her in the meadows near Enna. The Eleusinians mentioned the Nysaean plane in Boeotia and said that Persephone had descended with Hades into the lower world at the entrance of the western Oceanus. Later accounts place the rape near Attica or at Erineus near Eleusis. The Cretans thought that their own island was the scene of the rape.[16] Demeter searched desperately with torches for her lost daughter all over the world. In some versions she forbids the earth to produce, or she neglects the earth and in the depth of her despair she causes nothing to grow. Helios, the sun, who sees everything, eventually told Demeter what had happened and at length she discovered the place of her abode.

Finally, Zeus, pressed by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, forced Hades to return Persephone. However, it was a rule of the Fates that whoever consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there. Before Persephone was released to Hermes, who had been sent to retrieve her, Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds, (four or six according to the telling) which forced her to return to the underworld for a period each year. The seeds correspond to the dry summer months in Greece, usually one third of the year (four months) when Persephone (Kore) is absent. In some versions, Ascalaphus informed the other deities that Persephone had eaten the pomegranate seeds. When Demeter and her daughter were reunited, the Earth flourished with vegetation and color, but for some months each year, when Persephone returned to the underworld, the earth once again became a barren realm. This is an origin story to explain the seasons.
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Only two comments and no critiques? Tsk. Such a sad day when good art goes unnoticed. I say we fix that.

Now, one of my biggest problems in critiquing this piece is I like to start off with the positives. Seeing as this better than most of what I tend to critique (I usually like to help people who are starting off) the list of positives on what I like will be pretty long, so I'll condense it. I really like the techniques done into creating it. From a distance when I look at it the bold strokes of the brush aren't noticeable and work well into giving the figures form and weight, and the closer I get the more I can see the individual brush strokes that went into creating it, and I really like that in a painting.

Now, critique wise some things just seem a little odd, or out of place. Namely the first thing I noticed was in the bit on the left side with Zeus (I'm assuming that's Zeus?). I can't tell if he's sitting in a seat or something or if that's his robe that falls down in almost a straight line down to the bottom of the image. It seems a little too straight and it kind of bisects the image a bit. Another thing that really is more of a personal critique is the background itself. While it kind of gives the impression that Persefone is in Hades with it's warm reds, the angle of what looks like stonework diverge a bit from behind the figure, making it look like he's sitting in a corner or something. I don't know if that was your intent, but it's just a little distracting for me is all =P.

All in all, good work =) You should be proud of this one.
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brownsuz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
This is so beautiful and I love the fact that the picture is enigmatic--open to interpretation.  Just sublime.
scifo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
thank you very much
timeothus Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
scifo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Amazing work and history!
Mateusz03 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
very nice! if you can tell what is modeled?
scifo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
michaelelliottfurr Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Totally amazing!! Such a magnificent piece of art! your classical style mixed with modern convention is an inspiration!
scifo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
thanks a lot :D
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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