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Atargatis by PinkParasol Atargatis by PinkParasol
"Atargatis" Sneak Peek
16x20
oils on wood panel

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A week ago I posted a poll asking, "If I were to do a series of paintings, what theme would people want to see in my style most?" So far the results favor women in mythology, with the second and third most favorable themes being art that follows a story, and then mermaids. So, here is the piece I have started that covers all of these options. I found a beautiful Syrian myth about the goddess, Atargatis, who fell in love with a mortal man. When he died, she dove into a pond in hopes of turning into a fish. Instead, only half of her became a fish, and the rest remained human. Another myth following the same goddess, said that she was born from an egg that was pushed up onto the shore by a fish, and then incubated by a dove. Eventually, variations of the story spread throughout Greece and Rome. These stories are said to be the first to introduce mermaids into mythology.
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This is spectacular.
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:iconisiskumara:
Beautiful artwork! +fav 
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iCamill3 Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is so awesome!! I love mermaids :heart:
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:iconwhitedamascienblue:
 I was reading about Atargatis just now ..and I was searching for pictures or paintings that resembles her ..this is sooooooooo beautiful ...
thank you so much .. wonderful work ..
thank you from a Syrian <3 <3 
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VeraArt Nov 10, 2013  Professional Artist
this is so beautiful that almost made me cry..
thank you for your art.. <3Hug
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:iconsomeone-else79:
Wonderful piece of Art !!!! Amazing !!!
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rockafellow Sep 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your work/technique reminds me of Waterhouse.  Also, I really like the composition of this piece.  Nicely done.
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dmkozicka Aug 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and original painting !
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PrincessArsenicStock Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unbelievably beautiful~! 
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