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Arachne by Arbetta Arachne by Arbetta
Hi again! Sorry for the extremely long absence! I'm posting old things (from my tumblr) because I am not working at all, I'm just studying for my September exams... :saddummy: In fact, I was planning to post this Arachne portrait with an Atalanta one, to show two types of feminist characters in Greek mythology (an artist and an athlete), but I'm not pleased with my Atalanta drawings, so I decided to post Arachne alone first :aww:

Arachne (Aracne, "Spider") is one of my favourite mythological characters ever. She wasn’t a goddess or a nymph, she was a mortal woman, an amazing weaver who someday went so far as to say she was even better than Athena. Wrong, girl, that’s not the way with the Olympic gods! Athena was offended and set a contest between them. There are two stories about what happened next:

1- Arachne won the contest because she was awesome AND Athena got mad AND, plus, in the contest Arachne chose to make a tapestry about the loves, lies and all the dirty affairs of the gods, so it was even worse (Arachne was a rebel, yeah), and Athena got even MORE MAD AT HER :pissedoff: And she slapped her and turned her into a spider.

2- Arachne lost and hanged herself :noes:. Athena took pity on her and turned her into a spider, so she could continue weaving.

I always loved how brave and haughty Arachne was, how she wanted to prove her talent, even when the fable was used to show that you should never think yourself better than the gods. I think it's that desire and pride what makes us humans ;)

There is a famous painting here in Spain (Madrid), called "Las Hilanderas" ("The Spinners") or "The fable of Arachne", by the magnificent awesome eternal genius Velázquez. I suggest you all to see the painting, if you don't know it already, it has several readings: [link]

Hope you like it! (The Muses are almost finished!) :meow:
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TheStoreClerk Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Olympic gods were always a little prideful themselves, especially in their skills.
Athena was born a weaver, but Arachne probably had to study and practice the art.
So, in a way, Arachne IS the more skilled.
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lilminette Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   General Artist
I really love this.
As always the detailing is just beautiful, but I really like this one because Arachne is one of my favorite figures of Greek myth. You really did a great job making her elegant.
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely! Great design, and I think you really captured her attitude. She looks somehow at peace, too, which really adds to it considering what happened to her. Very well done and thought out.
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Dptas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I love this story and the most famous reason Arachne got turned into a spider not because she was better. She was too prideful which is a sin
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bonita; I love it.
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aethramaegara Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I love the design of Arachne here so much:)
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DibujosDeGala Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Andrea,posees un estilo magnífico.La pose,la expresión y el color verdaderamente estan fantasticamente logrados; para mi este dibujo tiene y presenta unas cualidades perfectas.Has realizado un trabajo realmente bueno.Me encanta!!!<3 ;-)
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Fantastic.:)
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ;)
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
You're welcome!:iconimblushingplz:
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