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Demeter was the Greek goddess of the earth, particularly the fruits of the fields, and as normal she is represented here as the corn-goddess. Her hair is covered with ears of corn, from which poppies drop around her. Her daughter Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and taken beneath the earth to his kingdom. Inconsolable at the loss of her daughter, Demeter refused to allow the earth to be fruitful.
Conserved with the aid of a grant from the AIM Pilgrim Trust Conservation Scheme.
De Morgan Collection
Demeter Mourning for Persephone
oil on canvas
H 51.2 x W 45.8 cm