lucy. twenty. i want to be the very best like no-one ever was. apparently at some point in my life this turned into a blog about mythology and art/design idk what happened just roll with it homies.
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Greek Mythology: Narcissus (Νάρκισσος)He was the son of River God Cephisus and nymph Lyriope. He was known for his beauty and he was loved by God Apollo due to his extraordinary physique. Narcissus was once walking by a lake and decided to drink some water; he saw his reflection in the water and was surprised by the beauty he saw; he became entranced by the reflection of himself. He could not obtain the object of his desire though, and he died at the banks of the lake from his sorrow. According to the myth Narcissus is still admiring himself in the Underworld, looking at the waters of the Styx. x
In my mind this is just meaningless giant glitter, in reality they’re coins forming part of an installation by Vadim Zakharov, telling the myth of Zeus appearing as a golden shower and impregnating Danae.
Greek Mythology - Icarus
In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. The main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly to close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea where he drowned. The myth is usually taken as a tragic example of hubris or failed ambition (x).
women of greek mythology - persephone (Περσεφόνη)
In Greek mythology, Persephone, also called Kore, is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest-goddess Demeter, and queen of the underworld. Homer describes her as the formidable, venerable majestic queen of the underworld, who carries into effect the curses of men upon the souls of the dead. Persephone was abducted by Hades, the god-king of the underworld. The myth of her abduction represents her function as the personification of vegetation which shoots forth in spring and withdraws into the earth after harvest; hence she is also associated with spring and with the seeds of the fruits of the fields. (+ more)
The story of Scylla and Charybdis from Homers The Odyssey.
For a bit of dramatic effect, I changed Charybdis from a monster or a whirlpool into a waterfall.
This was a project for my advanced illustration class in which It’sMatty encouraged me to try new things. Some of the things I tried to rangle were an environmental focus rather than figural one and a different color palette from my usual reds and blues.
It was a fun project, but I’m not sure if I like it yet, I’ll have to stare at it a little while longer.
❝Although ordered to release Persephone, and having no choice but to obey Zeus’ command, Hades is still loath to give up his prize. Thus, he conspires to tie Persephone to him by a stratagem that will force her to return for a portion of each year. To this end, he gives her something to eat - a pomegranate seed - and for reasons that are unclear, this obligates her to spend one third of each year in the underworld.
Why should a tiny seed have such profound effects? Despite countless attempts, this crucial question has never been resolved. In order to begin to understand the significance of the pomegranate, it seems advisable to consider the full range of symbolism within the pomegranate seed, rather than attempting to reduce it to just one meaning. Bright red, the pomegranate is an image of bloody death in numerous Greek myths and rites. Here, however, it is the seed which is specified, rather than the fruit as a whole, and any seed, being germinative and productive, inevitably gives rise to ideas of life and rebirth. Further, the red color evokes associations, not only of mortal wounds, but also menstrual blood, the blood of defloration, and the blood of parturition: blood of life, as well as death; sexual blood; women’s blood. Again, the prodigious number of seeds within a pomegranate has always made it a symbol of exuberant female fertility, but there are male associations as well, for the term used of the seed in the Homeric Hymn, kokkos (lines 372 and 412), can mean “testicle” as well as “seed,” which is to say, the male organ which produces abundant seed, no less vital to fertility than its female counterpart.
Death, life, male, female, and above all, the irrepressible power of reproduction, are all found in the image of the pomegranate seed. It is this seed which Persephone literally incorporates into her body, and with that seed, she becomes a new person: whole, mature, fertile, and infinitely more complex than before. Having tasted the seed, she has crossed a barrier from which she cannot return, and nothing Demeter can do will ever make her the same again