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Persephone Leaves The Underworld
Elisa Rossi

Persephone Leaves The Underworld



Title: Persephone Leaves The Underworld
Year: 2021
Size: 48 x 36 inches
Technique: Oil and charcoal on canvas

Persephone is Demeter 's daughter and while she is picking flowers in a moor the God of the Underworld, Hades, is ruptured by her beauty and her innocence. He captured her by swallowing her into the depths of the earth down into his kingdom. Hermes convinced Hades to leave Persephone free to rejoin the God's and her mother, who is furious for the loss of her daughter and plagued the earth with storms and floods (which corresponds to the winter time). Hades agreed to free Persephone but he tricked her before she left by having her eat some pomegranate seeds (the legend says that whoever eats anything from the Underworld will forever be attached to it). When Persephone rejoins her mother, she told her she ate pomegranate seeds. Hermes intermediates between the furious De-meter and Hades and it is decided that Persephone will spend one third of the year in the Underworld and be the Queen of the Underworld and the rest of the time with her moth-er and the other Gods. This artwork catches the time when Persephone is about to leave the Underworld and rejoin with her mother and the Gods.

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