"Falling in hell" (Hiems hominum) (2012 Italy ) by Daniela Ventrone 80x120 cm, oil on canvas,one piece : ‘myth and genesis’ by Ugo Bongarzoni (email@example.com)
Hades catches Persephone (identified by the Romans later with Proserpine), daughter of Zeus and Demeter (Ceres, harvest’s lady ,in Rome) while she’s playing with some nymphs at Mount Aleso in Sicily and he kidnaps her bringing it to the underworld to make her his queen .Zeus, to appease Demeter, whose despair had deprived the people and the land of all vegetation, ordered Hades to return Persephone to earth.
Hades obeys but first, give her eating a grain of pomegranate. In this way he forever bound her to his kingdom.Since then the goddess lived on earth eight months each year ,during which crops matured and the nature blossomed out again ,and the
remaining four months into the underworld where, as Queen, judged souls and severed the thread that kept them tied to life.I could cite ,in this regard, Lord Frederick Leighton’s stupendous art work, ’The Return of Persephone’ (1891), in which Hermes leads out from the underworld a goddess cinereous colored, to give back to the mother.
Eleusis’ mysteries celebrate parallel the rite of Demeter wheat donor to all mankind and Persephone ,Goddess of fertility who is born and dies each year, springing from the earth, and entering it at the sowing time.Persephone was also a moon goddess as its appearance and disappearance was linked to the phases of the moon.
Daniela Ventrone ,in this work ,faces up a myth strongly felt by the ancient and ,after the manner of the famous sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, is able to express very well the drama of the event.Persephone is represented as a slender but thriving woman with ripe wheat colored hair, because her own body communicates to the observer who is the goddess of the harvest.Hades’ hand sink in generous and tight meat, he grabs the right shoulder of kore who, with her back arched, in a futile denial, with her left hand tries to banish from her God kidnapper’s face, skewed by a passionate determination.
Hades’ body is dark, like Sheol where he lives, mighty in his plastic, gnarled muscularity, as if to contrast with the female flesh which, as traditionally in classic paintings, is milk-white, except for the shameless red glare which violates her buttocks’ furrow, a reflection of the place to which the cruel fate destined her, and a symbol of the burning divine p
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