DIMITRA AND PERSEPHONE

In Greek mythology, Dimitra (Demeter) is the Goddess of the harvest, who presided over the grains and the fertility of the earth. She is the daughter of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. Her daughter by Zeus was Persephone, Goddess of vegetation.

Demeter’s virgin daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades, God of the underworld, who made her Queen of his kingdom. Demeter searched for her ceaselessly, preoccupied with her loss and her grief. The seasons halted, all living things ceased to grow, then began to die.

Faced with the extinction of all life on earth, Zeus Persephone’s father sent his messenger Hermes to the underworld to bring his daughter back.

Zeus’ brother Hades agreed to release her if she had eaten nothing while in his care; but Persephone had eaten a small number of pomegranate seeds. This bound het to Hades and the underworld for certain months every year, either the dry Mediterranean summer, or the autumn and winter.

Persephone’s time in the underworld corresponds with the unfruitful seasons and her return to the upper world with springtime when everything comes back to life.

Demeter’s greatest gifts to mankind were agriculture, e.g. cereals and the Mysteries, which give the initiate higher hopes in this life and the after life.

Painted in 1986  100X80 CM

Reproductions of this painting are available in sizes:

13,5 cm x 16,5 cm framed    25€

30 cm x 39 cm plain              50€

30 cm x 39 cm framed          75€

61 cm x 80 cm plain               170€