The Return of Persephone

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This oil painting on canvas features Demeter on the left hand side at what appears to be the edge of the world with her arms wide open as she looks down. Slightly below Demeter and on the right hand side of the painting, Hermes is depicted as carrying a seemingly glowing Persephone out of the underworld and back to her mother. Persephone's head tilts back as she reaches for the comfort of her mother's arms.
The Return of Persephone by Lord Frederic Leighton (ca. 1890-91), currently housed in the Leeds Art Gallery

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This painting features Persephone, on the right, as she is guided out of the underworld and back to her mother Demeter, on the left, with the help of Hermes, the messenger of the gods.

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  • creator
    Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)
  • credit
    Gift from Sir J. Kitson (1891)
  • rights holder
    Leeds Art Gallery
  • rights territory
    Leeds, West Yorkshire, England