persephone is the greek goddess of spring and the queen of the underworld.

she was picking narcissi when hades, god of the underworld, stole her away. there she ate six pomegranate seeds that bound her to him; for all of eternity, she would have to spend half a year in the world of the living with her beloved mother, demeter, and the other half in the underworld with hades, who was now her husband.

persephone's absence causes the world to grow cold and the flora to go dormant, while her return draws in the warm seasons and allows the vegetation to grow.

1st portrait of persephone: stef tastan
2nd portrait of persephone: trojan-rabbit
demeter & persephone: arbetta