the Handless Maiden

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Silvina Pianta

I have the project to illustrate various tales, and this is the first piece i achieved, inspired by a Grimm's tale. Roughly, the story is about a poor miller that is duped by satan, and has to give him his daughter in exchange of riches. The girl washes her hands, so that her purity prevents the devil from taking her away. Satan is furious and makes her father chop her hands off. When he comes back to take her he still can't take her because she wept on her wrists all night, and her tears washed them clean. Satan gives in and let her go away. She wanders in the country, quite miserable and hungry. One night she enters the royal garden and sees a great pear tree but can't reach any fruit without her hands. An angel helps her out. Eventually, the king counts his pears and is furious realizing one is missing.The prince hides to find out who is eating the precious fruits, sees her, falls in love, marries her and has silver hands made for her. The tale goes on after that, but that was the necessary résumé to introduce the picture. Now feel free to comment!


Published More than a year ago

Category Mythology



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