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Hades and Persephone by Dulceta Hades and Persephone by Dulceta
this was done for a school project where we were supposed to convey an idea/concept of feeling through the work.
i wanted to do hades and persephone because it's generally accepted that hades kidnaps persephone and forces her to be his bride. i wanted to show that i imagine that their story and their relationship to be a little different that the traditional recorded myth. i hope that i achieved that.

24"x30" acrylic paint
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Assotg Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017
This is wonderful!
Irma-C Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I will never get tired of Hades and Persephone art, there's so many ways you can tell a tragic "love" story.
grace-percival Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
You have incredible talent
reve7747 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
very beautiful, i love their story
Yce9Phire Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waht a wonderful light in this cave! such a sweet moment...
ClaraSwanGranger Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness! So beautiful, it looks so peaceful....
Freyaschild Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Truly beautiful~ 
Around Mabon an acquaitence and I were in a discussion about the love of Hades and Kore-Persephone  about the possibility that her return to the Underworld represents her return to her innerself, her Feminine womb, and Hades is representing her inner masculine: protector of both innerself and the afterlife too.  The pomegranate  could represent her womb blood, and that Fall into Winter represent her time of menstruation, rest and replenishment, rebalancing herself before returning to the earth as Kore, lady of renewed life and Demeter mother of all and fruitfulness.  Perhaps her aspect of Kore is lost as she blooms into sacred sexual Venus and mother Demeter because she is constantly of service to Gaian (human/humin) and universal life and thus she mourns and life slowly dies because she is exhausted, worn and takes time to descend into her own inner gardens, which is no longer a hellish underworld because she  and Hades choose to heal it and make it into an oasis. Perhaps Adonis is an aspect of Hades who is born to share parts of life with her, before dissolving to become a guardian over her....The possibilities are beautiful, endless~
ca90703 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Wubjubjub666 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is so beautiful
Paolen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
The picture is so beautiful. Your work inspired me to start writing a story that has long had in my head about these two. If any public time, I would love it to be the cover of my ebook. ;)
orselis Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful :)
EdenaBlujul Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!!
horsemight Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

He must have really loved her if he gave her everything he had to try to please he.


It's a lovely painting. :D

ani110 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student
The painting is fantastic, admirable work indeed! :clap: :D
Weiila Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Absolutely stunning brushwork and light effects.

I also really like the romantic approach to the couple as opposed to the violent abduction version (even though he did that in the myth, one can certainly interpret Persephone's following actions differently). And Hades is definitely not as bad a guy as Zeus.
Irileth Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!! You did an amazing job!! It totally feels like they're in love!! Clap 
jokertheangel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
This is stunning
Celanna Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I agree with you! Persephone was asked to go back because her mother was killing the world in her despair. Most people don't realize Hades was also master of the the Greek version of Heaven, the Elysian Fields. 
Demonkitty66 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
this is one of my favourite myths and I absolutely love this picture :)
ElenaOrvetgi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I love this! It reminds me of the classics.
kalioseth Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Artist
There's a version of the myth in wich Persephone follows Hades to the Underworld by her free will. "She was burning in a death desire" says Ovidius. Excellent work!
Erin-Jaganshi19 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Beautiful. I also feel that way about the myth.
uekiOdiny Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect *O*

great job!!

Beautiful :squee:
ViolaDork998 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's how I like to think of it, I mean I haven't read any version of their story that included how Persephone felt...
FallenFae Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I feel the same way. The 2 gods that are generally cast as the "bad" guys (Hades & Ares), are the 2 that have the most respect for women and treat their lovers better than anyone else in the pantheon would.
SophieLarose Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
This is a beautiful rendition of the two! Loved to see it done so well. Beautiful!
Teledice Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
So cute!
I gasped when I saw this! It is soo good!! I always thought of Hades and Persephone actually caring about each other, and this work of art supports that theory in every way. I Love it!
In-Taier Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Writer
It's very touching.
titaniafairy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ANGEL3S Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
It is beautiful. I agree with you, I like the idea of ​​Hades and Persephone in love, does not convince me the idea of the rapture, because some time ago I read the legend of "wild mint" and said it was a nymph named Minte, who found in Hades bed (here I do not know if the deceived, or wanted to seduce the nymph Hades), the subject filled with jealousy Persephone hit and destroyed his body to tranform his remains in the mint plant ... I think he felt nothing for raccionado hubieroa not so .. You know, seeing this picture, I thought of a plot for a story ... (sorrry, I'm not good at writing in English, I hope you understand me)
MissEllaAllanPoe Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful! I always imagine that Hades and Persephone were a lot more romantic than the myths let on!
Rouan26 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Beautifuol and the concept is amazing!!
always-aub Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist
I love this, I think you DEFINITELY reached that desired goal :) So beautiful and emotionally stirring!!
Eiblin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Wow, amazing!!! Very romatic!!! I think that she loved him. :D
VioletNeonLights Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Lysandre-Pernelle Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
This is a masterpiece... it seems so.. well, real !! :heart:
PersefoneNox Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
I also believe she eventually understood his feelings and correspond him. Most people confuse rapture with rape and can't be more wrong. Besides, the story tells he fed her the pomegranate seeds one by one, and she accept them, 6 of the seeds until the Olympians ask, for their own survival, to Hades to return Persephone to her mother. They ask him, because even when Zeus is miscalled the Father of the Gods, he's the ruler of the Olympians, that sacred place along with The Earth are his dominions, but Poseidon isn't an Olympian neither Hades, they both have their own dominions/kingdom and even when Hades took the worst part, the Underworld which left a feeling of resentment between the brothers, non of the others could force him. Hades isn't the creepy guy Disney sold us, he's describe as strong, powerful, with an impressive posture like one of his status should have and all assets in ancient days, but he terrified even goddesses not only because of the thought of living in a Kingdom of misery and eternal darkness, but he was a bitter guy, and he has motives to feel that way. The 3 of them are actually equal in strength and together they were able to defeat Uranus. Anyway, back to the beautiful scene you painted, that action (Hades feeding Persephone with his own hands and she accepting) is a sign of some deep bond, they felt already some attraction to share willingly such intimate gesture. Don't forget she was a minor goddess so she wouldn't die for starvation and Hades offered her the best he had in the Underworld for her to be comfortable, pleased, every single day for years. He was kind and considerate in his own way, he didn't want anyone, he want her and he was willing to waited for her. His life was a world of Darkness, Misery, until one day he saw her. She was Spring, Light, Laugher: everything he always wanted and will never have. He needed her, but being daughter of Zeus, his brother wouldn't want such a dark life for her, and she didn't even knew him, so he took things on his own hands, literately: He kidnapped her. So she had time to get to know him and for him to show her kindness -something rare, when was common forcing females or seduce them in any possible way, with all the lies needed, Leda and Zeus as a swan is a perfect example-, he show her himself, no lies. I want you, I'll take you with me but treat you like a queen.
Is a deep love story and you painted it as beautiful as it deserved it. Thanks for sharing it and congratulations for such amazing job
angelmorning1978 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
CosmoWillome Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I agree with u EPIC ART PIECE....besides he loved her enough to kidnap her XD
AnimeNotHuggs3467 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist
I am a firm believer that Hades and Persephone were in love, so I love this scene! You are an extrodinary artist! LOVE! :D
Darkergoddess Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I like how it shows a different view on the myth. They were always one of my favorite myths.
QueenOfQuills Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Writer
5popcorn99 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so good, at first look I thought it was a photo!
inzie23 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
outsidersfan33 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:love: This is so beautiful! Great work!
Heecaroo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Beautiful. That's it. <3
WednesdayJames Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can totally understand what you were trying to do here. So Kudos!
ThatBaldWordNerd Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
After seeing this I fell so much in love with it that I put it as a scene in my short story. So well done.
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November 29, 2009
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Canon PowerShot S5 IS
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1/10 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 29, 2009, 5:44:48 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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