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"The abduction of Persephone"

Ntina Anastasiadou

In 2013 – 14 I heard that some excavations took place at a Tomb in Amphipolis, in Northern Greece. Among the pictures I had seen, I was fascinated by the Mosaic of Amphipolis. Then came into my mind the ancient Greek Mythology I had studied when I was an elementary school pupil. Thus I depicted: “The abduction of Persephone”. Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the goddess of agriculture.  According the myth Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, grabbed her, put her in his chariot and disappeared.  The modern girl on the left signifies that in the hearts and minds of Greeks and European people the myths and legends of their native lands still exist.
Title:  “The abduction of Persephone”  Medium: ink-wash painting (sumi-e in Japanese) on hand-made paper (Fabriano).
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Ntina Anastasiadou

Between East and West
Visual arts, art history and travels have given a special meaning into my life.  If I had not been involved in art I would feel  an aching emptiness in my heart.  Being born Greek I was primarily influenced by the rich ancient cultural heritage of Greece, Italian Renaissance and Impressionist artists in Europe. But my encounter with the culture of Japan, since 1980,…
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