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...
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
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
And she slapped her and turned her into a spider.
2- Arachne lost and hanged herself
. 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!)